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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.

UK pensions among worst in the developed world, OECD warns

UK workers can expect a pension worth just 32.6 per cent of final pay when they retire, compared to a 54.4 per cent average across the OECD

MPs seek to lift the veil on terms of Government outsourcing deals

Scandals over Serco and G4S spark move for greater public disclosure of financial details

Sir Jeremy Heywood believes part of the responsibility for the failures in the Government's universal credit programme lay with Iain Duncan Smith

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Sir Jeremy personally intervenes to stop Work and Pensions Secretary blaming Robert Devereux for universal credit programme debacle

Rivers Pound has to pay an additional £120 for his 'spare' bedroom

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Plight of MP’s brother raises questions about fairness of controversial welfare reform

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Despite the recent deaths on London's roads, Johnson seems to believe that it is the personal choices of cyclists that determine their safety

Grieving relatives and crime victims are among millions of people forced to pay premium rates to ring government helplines, a parliamentary committee reported

Premium rate Whitehall helplines hit poor hardest - with half the cost coming from being on hold

Grieving relatives and crime victims are among millions of people forced to pay premium rates to ring government helplines, a parliamentary committee reported today.

Universal credit scheme faces withering criticism from MPs

Management described as "extraordinarily poor" and "alarmingly weak" in new report

Almost 400,000 have had benefits suspended in the last year alone

The number of benefit payments suspended since a tougher regime was introduced last year has increased by 11 per cent, figures show.

Projected 9.6 million rise in the population would mean an increase bigger than the current 8.3 million population of London

UK population will soar by nearly '10 million by 2037 with immigration attributed to projected increase

Sharp rise in the projected number of people aged 80 and over in next 25 years

The financial savings generated by the 'bedroom tax' may have been significantly exaggerated by the Government

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The financial savings generated by the “bedroom tax” may have been significantly exaggerated by the Government, according to research which shows the controversial policy is likely to save £160m less in its first year than the projected £480m.

Climate department spent more than £300,000 on UK flights

Government as a whole took almost 15,000 domestic flights in 2012-13

Britons who are out of work for several years will be required to work full-time on community projects to receive state unemployment payments

Osborne's jobcentre reform is more ‘tough luck’ than ‘tough love’

Does anyone think turning up on a daily basis will really help?

Emma Harrison, who was head of A4e, resigned as ‘family champion’

Welfare-to-work employees face fraud charges

Dozens of counts  allege bonuses secured by falsely claiming jobs found for unemployed

Toni Bloomfield (pictured with her partner Paul Bolton) pays £98 extra a month in bedroom tax

Exclusive: 50,000 people are now facing eviction after bedroom tax

One council tenant in three has been pushed into rent arrears since April, while tens of thousands in housing association properties are also affected

UN investigator Raquel Rolnik calls for Government's 'bedroom tax' to be axed

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