News According to research published by the Ministry of Justice, over a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record

More than a fifth of out of work benefits claimants have a criminal record according to research published by the Ministry of Justice today.

Iain Duncan Smith received strongly worded rebuke

Rebuke for Duncan Smith over immigrant statistics

Figures showing 371,000 immigrants were on benefits were rushed out by ministers with insufficient regard for "weaknesses" in the data, a watchdog has complained.

Leading article: A shameful spinning of the facts on immigration

In fact, the Government statistics debunk the myth of ‘benefits tourism

Number of workless households falls

The number of households in the UK where no one is working has fallen slightly to just under four million, official figures showed today.

'Ridiculous' health and safety bans challenged

Kite flying, schoolyard games and sports day sack races have all been hit by an "epidemic" of health and safety excuses, which should be challenged by the public, the Government said today.

Labour attacks 'gimmicky' new work scheme

The government has been accused of using "gimmicky" policies over a scheme to get families into work.

Jobless rise 'disappointing', says George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne today admitted official figures revealing an unexpected rise in unemployment were "disappointing" but not "entirely unexpected".

Jobs outlook 'deteriorating' Government warned

The Government has been warned that the outlook for jobs is "deteriorating" after new figures showed the biggest monthly rise in the dole queue for two years.

UK unemployment total falls by 88,000

The Government today welcomed an "encouraging" fall in unemployment and a rise in jobs although unions expressed concern about huge cuts among the public sector workforce.

David Cameron defends welfare reforms

David Cameron has accused Labour of using cancer patients as a "smokescreen" as he rejected claims that welfare reforms would leave 7,000 worse off.

Unemployment rate falls for second month running

Strong growth in private sector jobs helped push unemployment down in the three months to March this year by 36,000 compared with the previous quarter, the Office for National Statistics reported yesterday. The headline figure stands at 2.45 million.

Experts wary despite jobless unemployment drop

Unemployment fell in the first three months of the year but economists today warned the broader picture fuelled concern for the future of the labour market.

Minister accused over contracts

Chris Grayling, the Employment minister, may have breached the ministerial code when his department awarded contracts to a firm that supported his private office, John Robertson, a Labour MP, has alleged.

Video: Benefits changes 'can save money and lives'

Employment minister Chris Grayling says changes to the benefits system are a revolution that will transform the Welfare to Work programme.

Unemployment figures moving in 'right direction'

The Government said that unemployment was moving in the "right direction" despite an increase in the number of people on Jobseeker's Allowance and a youth jobless total of almost a million.

'500,000 on sick benefits are fit to work' claims minister

Half a million people who currently claim sickness benefits are fit to start work immediately, a minister has suggested.

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