Changes on the horizon in Maine welfare programs

Big changes are on the horizon for many low-income Maine residents as Gov. Paul LePage's administration plans to move forward next month with new rules that will require food stamp users to have a job …

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Osborne targets welfare for cuts in tough message to voters

By William James and William Schomberg BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – Chancellor George Osborne spelled out plans for more spending cuts on Monday, betting that voters will accept his tough approach to fixing the economy and give an election victory to his Conservative Party next year. Osborne announced a two-year freeze on a wide range of welfare payments as he sought to regain the initiative …

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Osborne Pledges Two-Year Freeze in Working-Age Welfare

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said his Conservative Party will freeze welfare payments for people of working age for two years starting in April 2016 if it is re-elected next May.

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Sweden's famed private welfare provision faces clamp-down after election

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – One of Sweden's biggest reforms of recent decades is under threat as a probable new center-left government promises to "do away with the gold rush" for companies providing taxpayer-funded public services such as schooling, healthcare and elderly care. Social Democrat leader and prime minister-in-waiting Stefan Lofven, victorious in an election this month, has warned that …

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Osborne pitches welfare cuts to voters ahead of election

By William James and William Schomberg BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – British finance minister George Osborne sought on Monday to deflect voter attention from a Conservative party split over Europe by pledging more spending cuts to help the government's finances back to surplus. The Conservative party's schism over Europe has marred Prime Minister David Cameron's last major party conference …

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