Lib Dems push for early 2015 Budget to stop Tory 'giveaway'
The Lib Dems want the 2015 Budget to be brought forward to stop the chancellor using it as a pre-general election giveaway, BBC Newsnight understands.
They will push for a February Budget, instead of one in March, in a bid to deny George Osborne a moment similar to Nigel Lawson's 1987 pre-election cut in the basic rate of tax, from 29% to 27%.
They also want more opportunity to promote their own policies.
Conservatives say a flashy pre-election Budget would be counter-productive.
They insist they think it would weaken the credibility of their central message of economic revival and fiscal rectitude.
Lib Dems 'ignored chance to soften bedroom benefits cut impact'
The Lib Dems were given the chance in March to soften the impact of benefit cuts for people judged to have too many bedrooms, BBC Newsnight has been told.
As Nick Clegg's party announces it will seek to change the policy in this coalition, or pledge to do so in its next manifesto, Newsnight understands there was an opportunity within government for the Lib Dems to amend the policy four months ago.
Lib Dems accused of 'hypocrisy' over bedroom benefit rules
The Lib Dems were given the chance in March to soften the impact of benefit cuts for people judged to have too many bedrooms, BBC Newsnight has been told. As Nick Clegg's party announces it will seek to change the policy in this coalition, or pledge to do so in its next manifesto, Newsnight understands there was an opportunity within government for the Lib Dems to amend the policy four months ago.
Francis Maude attacks civil service over job document
The Cabinet Office minister has accused the civil service of drafting a job description for permanent secretaries without "constitutional propriety".
The document sets out the qualities for permanent secretaries, who are the UK's most powerful government officials.
Ministers warned of decrease in house building
The government is exploring emergency measures to kick-start house-building, amid an expected decrease in new build this year, BBC Newsnight has learned.
In leaked documents, officials warn the last set of figures before the 2015 general election will reveal house building to have decreased by 4%.
A pregnant pause
Newsnight's political editor is currently on maternity leave and this blog will not be updated for a while.
Plan to divert benefits of troubled families scrapped
A plan to put benefits paid to some of Britain's most troubled families under their caseworker's control has been shelved, BBC Newsnight has learned.
The Downing Street Conservative Policy Unit wanted to give managers of the Troubled Families Programme more power to prevent the misuse of payments.
Conservatives 'considering ways to raise minimum wage'
The Conservative party is examining ways to raise the national minimum wage, BBC Newsnight has learned.
Measures being considered include offering tax breaks to companies paying a wage level higher than the current national minimum of £6.19 an hour.
Tories hire Obama campaign chief Jim Messina
The Conservative Party has hired Barack Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina for its general election campaign team, BBC Newsnight has learned.
Sources confirmed that he would act as a campaign strategy adviser to the Conservative party.
Senior politicians unite to issue call for data bill
Senior politicians from across the political divide have united to call for UK security services to be given greater internet monitoring powers.
In a letter to The Times newspaper three former Labour home secretaries, three senior Tories and one Liberal Democrat urge changes.