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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.

Iain Duncan Smith defended the universal credit system against claims it was badly managed and losing money

Universal credit chaos: Labour demands apology from Iain Duncan Smith over 'cover-up'

The Work and Pensions Secretary addressed the Commons after claims he misled Parliament over failures in the Government's flagship benefits reform programme

Labour’s Liam Byrne claims Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) has lost control of his department

Universal Credit crunch: Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform wastes £34m – so far

Department for Work and Pensions beset by ‘weak management and poor governance’ according to the Government's own auditors, while benefits programme attacked as ‘titanic IT disaster’ by opposition

'Education underclass' of children in the UK is still in nappies when they start school

Report slams Britain's poorest parents for not preparing their children to begin lessons at five, and criticises education system for not doing more to promote 'social justice'

White working-class boys are ‘an educational underclass’ think-tank warns

White working-class British boys are in danger of becoming an “educational under-class”, the head of an influential think-tank said today.

Consumer rights: No dodging auto-enrolment in a workplace pension scheme

The idea is to encourage people to save something for retirement, but can you opt out?

Am image issued by the Department for Works and Pensions from a video shown to the jury during the trial of Mark Hawthorn, 49 - better known on the entertainment circuit as part of duet act Glitterlips - who was jailed for six months for making fraudulent benefit claims between November 2003 and March 2012

'Glitterlips' drag queen jailed for benefits fraud

Mark Hawthorn wrongly claimed £88,000 over nine years

Frank Field: The former Welfare minister said the 'tax' was the most vicious since the poll tax

Tenants may beat ‘bedroom tax’ with new bathrooms

Hundreds of people who could fall victim to the “bedroom tax” are to benefit from new plans to convert spare bedrooms into bathrooms.

Graduates miss out on employment ‘because they are job snobs’

Too many unemployed graduates are guilty of “job snobbery” by turning down work they consider menial, according to a recruitment expert.

Less than 10% opting out of auto-enrolment pension schemes

Fewer than one in 10 workers are choosing to opt out of their company pension scheme, according to official government figures.

Let mothers breastfeed - wherever they choose

A fall in breastfeeding harms the nation's health, and increases NHS spending

Department for Work and Pensions forced to spend £1m on extra staff after IT delay

More than 100 civil servants will have to be employed to manually verify whether people should be hit by the new benefit cap, because of delays to the Government’s IT system for its welfare reform programme.

Labour have accused Iain Duncan Smith of letting Atos spin out of control

Value for money? Watchdog turns focus on Atos - the firm that tests people claiming sickness and disability benefits

Atos Healthcare has been paid £754m for the tests since 2005

Protesters carry placards during a protest against Atos outside the company's head office in London last year

Atos to lose monopoly after 'flawed and unacceptable' disability benefit assessments

More than 40 per cent of the reports carried out on disability benefit claimants by the back-to-work assessor Atos are flawed and unacceptable, according to an audit commissioned by the Government.

Revealed: The secret manual of dirty tricks

Tracing agencies working on behalf of leading financial and legal companies used a 43-page ‘Blaggers’ Manual’ to train their staff

GPs in Wales told not to write letters supporting benefit claimants

Stricter assessment for benefit claimants has led to a 'flood' of requests for GPs letters across the south east of the country

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