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The coalition's benefits cuts are stoking divisions in our society

By playing on our fears and aspirations, the government's welfare reforms are demonising benefits claimants<p>Populist attacks on benefit claimants rarely make practical politics. They seldom bring in the enormous savings claimed and usually create policy problems that have to be addressed later, …

Retirement

The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women

The women's movement may have been in hiding through the 'ladette' years, but in 2013 it has come back with a vengeance. Introducing the new feminists taking the struggle to the web – and the streets<p>• The Guardian Women awards<p>The campaign for women's liberation never went away, but this year a new …

World news and comment from the Guardian | The Guardian

spotlight<p>Across Europe this year, traditional centre-left parties lost out to new forces, of the left, the right and sometimes the centre. What’s behind this historic shift, and is Britain’s really immune? Jon Henley explains<p>opinion & analysis<p>The president’s disregard or disdain for established US …

Britain told social inequality has created 'public health timebomb'

UK is failing its children, women and young people on a grand scale, says Marmot report on links between inequality and health<p>Women and children in the UK would have longer and healthier lives if they lived in Cyprus, Italy or Spain, and Britain is facing "a public health timebomb", according to a …

Households spending bigger share of income on fuel and other essentials

Office for National Statistics says disposable incomes have flatlined since 2009 while amount spent on energy has escalated<p>Households in Britain have seen their living standards stagnate for the past four years and are spending an increasing share of their incomes on "essentials" such as fuel and …

Does money affect children’s outcomes?

Evidence abounds that children in lower-income households do less well than their peers on many outcomes, including in health and education. But is …

Income Inequality

Birmingham branded 'national disgrace' for child protection failures

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw singles out city for criticism as child protection at one in seven councils is judged inadequate<p>Vulnerable children are being let down by councils with ineffective and incompetent leadership, according to the Ofsted chief inspector, who singled out Birmingham as a …

1 in 35 homes at risk of repossession in parts of England, says Shelter

Homelessness charity warns more people will lose their homes under universal credit system being rolled out this month<p>As many as one in 35 homes in some areas of England are at risk of being repossessed, according to the homelessness charity Shelter – the equivalent of one house on every …

Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove adviser tells his boss

Dominic Cummings' 250-page paper attacks fear of elitism and waste of billions of pounds, and calls for slimmed-down ministry<p>Education in England is no better than mediocre, and billions of pounds have been wasted on pointless university courses and Sure Start schemes for young children, Michael …