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

Tories 'want Muslims out of London', says shadow minister

A Labour shadow minister was last night facing calls for her dismissal after she was recorded saying that the Government "don't want Muslims living in central London". In an extraordinary attack, Karen Buck – Shadow Work and Pensions Minister – also said that ministers were "deeply hostile" to poor people having children. Last night the Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Warsi said the remarks were "deeply offensive" and called on Ed Miliband to remove her from Labour's frontbench.

UK unemployment highest for seventeen years

Unemployment has reached a 17-year high of more than 2.5 million and youth joblessness is at record levels, new figures revealed today.

MPs' Post Office decision draws bitter attack

The Government came under bitter attack today after deciding to move a lucrative contract for processing benefit cheques from the Post Office which campaigners warned would lead to fresh branch closures.

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.

UK jobless total rises again to 2.5 million

Unemployment has soared by 49,000 to 2.5 million, with a record number of young people out of work, new figures showed today.

Jobless total rises for first time in six months

The Government was given some grim pre-Christmas news on jobs today when unemployment increased by 35,000 and the number of young people out of work reached near-record levels.

Number of young on dole has quadrupled

The number of 16 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months has increased fourfold since before the recession. Young people claiming jobseeker's allowance jumped from 5,840 in 2008 to more than 25,800 this year, according to a report by the Prince's Trust and RBS.

Unemployment falls but Britain is now part-time

Unemployment in the UK fell during the three months to September, but economists remain concerned about the slow pick up in jobs and the record number of people now being forced into part-time roles.

Jobless women total hits 22-year high

The number of unemployed women has reached a 22-year high of more than a million prompting warnings tonight of worse to come.

Thatcher misses her 85th birthday party

Baroness Thatcher was forced to pull out of a Downing St party organised to mark her 85th birthday last night after falling ill with the flu.

Jobless total down - but claimant figures up

Unemployment has fallen by 20,000, but the number of people out of work for longer than a year has risen to its highest total in 13 years, new figures showed today.

Claimants to face benefits reassessment

The first phase of the Government's "radical" welfare reform programme starts today with benefit claimants starting to be reassessed for their ability to work.

Tiny drop in unemployment sparks job market fears

Experts warned the UK jobs market was "on the turn" today after official figures showed a lower-than-expected drop in unemployment.

Jobless claimant count shows surprise rise

The closely watched Jobseeker's Allowance claimant count rose by an unexpected 2,300 last month to 1.47 million, marking the first increase since January, official figures today revealed.



Four million homes have no one in work

Almost four million UK households have no adults in work after a huge increase over the past year, official figures showed today.

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