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Only one in 20 sick and disabled people on the Government's £5bn Work Programme have been found lasting jobs, new figures have revealed.

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Three out of four of the long-term unemployed taking part in the Government’s £5bn Work Programme have not yet started a job, according to figures published today.

Disability campaigners celebrate 'victory' after government rethink over plans to make it more difficult to claim disability benefits

Group of activists threatened to take legal action over proposed tightening of the rules, which would have left fewer people eligible for the top rate

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Children living below the poverty line are now twice as likely to come from working families struggling on low incomes and falling wages than those whose parents are unemployed, official figures have revealed

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'Telephone tax': Government departments investigated over use of premium-rate phone lines

Department for Transport earned £2.5 million from calls in two years

London’s busiest Citizens Advice Bureau, where thousands of people at the sharp end of Britain’s latest round of welfare reform come for urgent help

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Tougher sanctions and hardship payments for those on Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) prompted a 40 per cent rise in people seeking assistance

Back-to-work tests are unjust, says Archbishop

The Government’s back-to-work welfare assessments have been attacked by Scotland’s leading Catholic cleric.

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