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.

Unpaid job schemes not a breach of human rights says High Court

Government back-to-work schemes criticised as “forced labour” were ruled lawful by the High Court today.

Benefit scammer Rose Jones jailed after pictured scuba diving

A woman who claimed she was so disabled that she could not open a bottle of wine has been jailed for benefit fraud after she was pictured scuba-diving during exotic holidays.

Benefit fraud Lottery winner Edward Putman jailed

A convicted rapist who won nearly £5 million on the lottery but continued to fraudulently claim benefits has been jailed for nine months.

Remploy factory workers to stage strike

A strike by disabled workers in protest at plans to close their factories was “solidly” supported today, with strong backing from members of the public, unions said.

Remploy worker carries Olympic torch ahead of strike action opposing factory closures

Today Tony Collins, an athlete who has represented his country around the world, proudly carried the Olympic torch through Rayleigh in Essex.

Lottery winner rapist Edward Putman admits fraud

A convicted rapist who won nearly £5 million on the lottery admitted fraudulently claiming around £13,000 in benefits today.

Women's retirement savings hit by crisis

Gender gap opens up in pension contributions as household bills rocket and wages stall

Iain Duncan Smith, has been accused of 'moving the goalposts'

Child poverty falls, but targets set to change

Minister accused of 'moving the goalposts' with plans to redefine poverty measures

Report reveals slight fall in child poverty figure

The number of children living below the poverty line in the UK has fallen slightly, but the figure remains stubbornly above two million, official figures showed today.

Poverty measuring change to be announced by Iain Duncan Smith

The Government is to draw up plans to change the way poverty is measured in a move that will trigger claims that it is trying to mask a rise in the number of poor families.

Prime Minister Cameron's aides say he cannot avoid speaking out

Handouts for pensioners under fresh scrutiny from Coalition

Senior Coalition figures are being forced for the first time to ponder trimming hand-outs to the over-65s.

Pensioners' benefits under scrutiny for more cuts

Pensioners' entitlement to benefits such as the winter fuel allowance, bus passes and free prescriptions are coming under fresh scrutiny as ministers hunt for new ways of cutting spending.

David Cameron 'will protect OAP benefits'

Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to protecting pensioners' entitlements to benefits such as the winter fuel allowance and free prescriptions, eye-tests and bus travel in their current form, Downing Street said today.

Investigation launched after 'unpaid river pageant workers forced to sleep under London Bridge'

There should be an immediate investigation into claims that jobseekers were bussed in to London to work as unpaid stewards during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Lord Prescott said today.

Government U-turn to boost jobs for disabled youngsters

The Government yesterday announced a £6.8m U-turn to end an embarrassing anomaly which led to accusations of discrimination against disabled youngsters.

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