A lot has happened in the two weeks since my last Observer column. Avon and Somerset Police has been called in following the damning unlawful verdict from the Wales Audit Office on the decision on Caerphilly council top officers’ pay, the chief executive has been suspended and an acting chief executive appointed.
From April 1 2013, changes to housing benefit by the UK Government will mean that working-age recipients could face a cut of 14% to their payments for one spare bedroom, and a 25% cut for two spare bedrooms or more.
Critics have labelled the cut a “Bedroom Tax”. Here, Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary, outlines the UK Government's argument for the change.