News Over 200,000 people have contacted their council for help following the last cut to benefits, however councils cannot keep up with the demand

Authorities had been forced to dip into funds allocated to other services to cope with the surge in numbers of households appealing for help

Lost passport fee to rise 2.9 per cent

Britons who lost their passports abroad will have to pay more for replacement documents from next week.

Darling plays to the gallery with swipe at Ashcroft's homeland

Britain agrees to share information with three tax havens, among them Belize

Chris Bryant: You Ask The Questions

The MP and Europe minister answers your questions, such as 'How can you justify Trident's renewal?' and 'Is the BBC now openly left-wing?'

Europe minister Chris Bryant to make parliamentary history with same-sex 'wedding'

The Palace of Westminster will make a break with tradition this month when it hosts a civil partnership ceremony for the first time.

Israel refuses to help Britain with inquiry into fake passports

'No proof' of Israeli part in killing of a Hamas leader, says foreign minister

Mary Dejevsky: Let's fight future wars by other means

Who will dare suggest that the old rules of warfare should be abandoned

Gareth Thomas on the joy of coming out

Gareth Thomas, Wales' gay rugby star, tells Johann Hari how it finally feels to be himself after years of self-denial.

Counter-terror: Falling pound forces 'hard decisions'

The Defence Secretary admitted today he was being forced to take "hard decisions" to ensure the plunge in the pound's value would not hinder the war in Afghanistan.

Pandora: Love sets her sights on Iannucci for biopic

Here's a bit of unlikely casting: Armando Iannucci, directing a biopic of Kurt Cobain.

Travellers need true grit in ice-bound Britain

Travelling Britons braved fresh icy blasts today as the severe weather did its best to wreck the country's transport links.

Mother of all parliaments to open first nursery

The squabbling and shouting that takes place within the House of Commons has led many to conclude that the mother of all parliaments better resembled a nursery than a hub of democracy. Yet while honourable members may have been accused of behaving like children for years, their repeated demands for childcare facilities for their own offspring have been rejected.

Chris Bryant: Cameron will come unstuck on EU fudge

With the Lisbon treaty set to be ratified, Conservative promises of a referendum and renegotiation will soon prove unachievable

Glenys Kinnock dropped from European role

Baroness accused of failing to make an impact during four-month tenure

Chris Bryant: We can't afford to let up in the fight against drug-traffickers

Last week the Royal Navy frigate HMS Iron Duke intercepted a fishing boat off the coast of South America and seized cocaine worth an estimated £240m, Britain's largest cocaine seizure to date.

Figures highlight drug arrests abroad

Drug offences now account for a fifth of all arrests of Britons abroad, Foreign Office (FO) figures showed today.

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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

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Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

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