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.
Nick Clegg 'to block childcare ratio reforms'
Nick Clegg has told Conservatives he will block government reforms to adult-child ratio limits for childcarers, BBC Newsnight has learned.
In meetings over recent days he said he could no longer back the plan to increase the number of children nursery staff and child-minders can look after.
Is government planning cut to schools budget?
The next comprehensive spending review - where the government decides what public spending it will cut and what it will keep - is due on the 26 June 2013.
It is currently preoccupying Whitehall and as it does we thought there were at least two truths.
Parents 'to be able reclaim up to £1,200 of childcare costs'
Parents will be able to claim back up to £1,200 a year - or 20% of childcare costs - from 2015, under plans set to be unveiled by the government.
Parents will be allowed to claim back 20% out of a total of around £6,000 - what they believe to be the average annual price of a childcare place.
Budget 'sacred cows’ under threat in welfare row
"A sacred cow is going to get slaughtered, it's just a question of which one," says one senior Whitehall source about the coming welfare cuts.
As the government struggles to make the sums works for the 2015-16 spending review, the welfare budget is moving back to centre stage.
Could 'hot potato economics' trigger an economic recovery?
If Sir Mervyn King said the economy would follow a zigzag course over the foreseeable future, the end of last year looks like it was whatever the down bit of a zigzag is called. Let us call it the "zag".
My coalition sources are braced for the gross domestic product (GDP) figures being bad when they are published at the end of the week.