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Record numbers work unpaid overtime

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Union leaders warn cuts will see 50,000 NHS jobs lost

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Coalition ready for strikes as PM outlines public sector revolution

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Sickness absence system reviewed

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Welfare changes are about changing our culture, says Cameron

David Cameron today unveiled details of the Government’s long-awaited and controversial plan to reform Britain’s £200 billion benefits system.

David Cameron accused over jobless youth

The Government was tonight facing growing calls to tackle youth unemployment, which has reached a record high of almost a million, amid warnings that the UK's jobs recovery has gone into reverse.

Cameron: Big Society is my mission

David Cameron promised today to spend his premiership fighting for the Big Society as he declared it his "mission".

TUC urges extra tax on bonuses

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George Osborne in £800m tax raid on banks

Chancellor George Osborne today hit the banks with a surprise £800 million tax raid as he announced the Government's new bank levy was to be made permanent.

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