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* Liam Byrne accused ministers in BIS of making a huge error in calculating student loan repayments. "It’s an alarming report this because it does say that getting on for half of student loans are not going to be paid back. Now, it al... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and business secretary Vince Cable are expected to make an announcement on start up loans Business secretary Vince Cable (16.00) and shadow universities minister Liam Byrne (11.00) speak at the Association of... Continue to article
Labour party press release Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, responding to David Cameron's announcement on apprenticeships today, said: "Over a year ago Ed Miliband called for better quality apprentice... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague meets with Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London (14.00) Home secretary Theresa May delivers a speech on organised crime at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in London H... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband MP Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Party Chair and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Harriet Harman MP Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls MP ... Continue to article
Liam Byrne said the Government's work programme had failed, as he warned the next Labour government would not allow people to simply "live a life on Jobseeker's Allowance". "What we saw last week was the final nail in the coffin of... Continue to article
Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: I want to begin by thanking David Sparks and all our Labour councillors, includin... Continue to article
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference - It's a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. T... Continue to article
Ed Balls MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, speaking to Labour Party Annual Conference 2013 in Brighton, said: Conference, we meet here in Brighton. With the General Election now just nineteen months away Determined to defeat th... Continue to article
Energy secretary Ed Davey begins a ten-day trade visit to China Policing minister Damian Green speaks at the Association of Chief Police Officers excellence in policing conference in Coventry (09.30) Scottish deputy first minister Ni... Continue to article
Liam Byrne said most people affected by the bedroom tax had a disability. "I’m afraid it seems thousands and thousands of our neighbours are being pushed into food banks and into the hands of loan sharks because of this vicious policy. T... Continue to article
Hello conference: Thank you for your warm welcome. It’s great to be in Brighton and Hove, home of our Green MP, Caroline Lucas. There is only one of her – though from her media appearances, her Hansard record and her presence around her ... Continue to article
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt makes an announcement on new plans for NHS hospitals in special measures (09.15) Justice secretary Chris Grayling is expected to make an announcement on transforming rehabilitation Shadow pensions secretar... Continue to article
Liam Byrne said the UK's living standards crisis was intensifying. "Wages have now fallen by another £12 a week, we saw across half the country unemployment go up, youth unemployment has gone up, long term unemployment has gone up. We no... Continue to article
Labour press release Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, speaking after David Cameron attempted to distance himself from Iain Duncan Smith’s timetable for Universal Credit less than a week after the Welfare Secret... Continue to article
Labour is considering radical reforms to the welfare system that would directly link benefits to contributions.
Writing in the Observer, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne commits to a return to the "old principle of contribution" championed by William Beveridge.
"There are lots of people right now who feel they pay an awful lot more in than they ever get back," Byrne writes. "That should change."
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman this morning backed the plans, and said it was understandable that people in work felt "very resentful" towards those deemed to be "not pulling their weight".
“He [Byrne] is talking about three principles which we’re working on up to the general election. One is that work should pay, secondly, there should be an obligation to take work, and thirdly that there should be support through a contributory principle for people putting into the system as well as taking out," Ms Harman told the Andrew Marr Show.
"This is a discussion which is underway. And it will come to fruition in what we put forward for our manifesto."
But Ms Harman also criticised the Government for using "divisive" language and suggesting those out of work were "scroungers".
"Instead of just being divisive about it, which is what the Government’s doing, they should actually be supporting the economy into growth. And also having a proper work programme, with a jobs guarantee, which is what we have been suggesting."
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne has said the Government's work programme is in 'chaos', after forecasts of the number of people eligible for the programme fell by almost half.
The Government had predicted in December that 2.6m people would got through its work programme between now and 2015-16, but in its May forecast this number fell by 43% to 1.4m.
Mr Byrne today said: "Chaos is engulfing the government's flagship back-to-work scheme. Unemployment is at a 16-year high and yet welfare to work now appears to be in the hands of the Keystone Cops."
"Ministers have got into one almighty mess over their back-to-work programme and the result is there for all to see: a generation out of work and a government department totally unable to cope."
A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said the figures were "misleading" as claimaints of Employment Support Allowance were not included in the newer figures.
Labour has said it would withdraw benefits from unemployed people for six months if they refused a government-provided job following completion of a placement on the work programme. The proposals, set out by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne yesterday, mark a hardening of the party's position on welfare. Mr Byrne insisted that "the right to work must carry with it a responsibility to work".
Real wages were a £1000 lower in 2012 than in 2010 according to research commissioned by Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne.
The figures from the House of Commons Library show that people were on average £21 a week poorer than they were before the last general election.
Lord Heseltine has said that a "significant shift of power is underway", with regional politicians taking more of a role in fighting for their communities. The former Deputy Prime Minister - and David Cameron's regional champion - singled out the work of Alex Salmond and Boris Johnson, who he said "are in the media day after day... fighting for Scotland and for London". His remarks come as Labour's Liam Byrne said yesterday he would step down from the Shadow Cabinet to run for Mayor of Birmingham if the city votes for a directly elected mayor in a referendum in May.
Labour is preparing to fight the next general election on the goal to create "full employment", with a "job guarantee" for every unemployed person, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary will announce today. Liam Byrne will unveil the scheme to offer every unemployed person a choice of six months work, or losing their benefits. In a speech to mark the anniversary of the Beveridge Report, he will say: "Seventy years on from Beveridge, jobs and a duty to work must be the starting place for renewing the welfare state for the 21st century."
28/11/2013 on BBC News
28/10/2013 on Labour party
01/10/2013 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
30/09/2013 on BBC News
29/09/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
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06/12/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
06/12/2013 on BBC News
06/12/2013 on Pooled clip