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.

Callers spend £56m waiting for Government to pick up

Callers to government departments paid £56m on higher-rate phone lines last year despite a drive to reduce their use, a report has revealed.

New benefit cap could be lowered by £6,000 a year if deemed a success, according to Treasury sources

Comments come as benefit claimants have amount they can claim capped at £500 a week for the first time

‘Bedroom tax’ stokes rise in benefit claims for housing hardship

Councils were faced with a four-fold rise in applications for a housing hardship fund in the month after the so-called “bedroom tax” was introduced, figures show.

Iain Duncan Smith is facing criticism that Universal Credit leaves some families worse off

Working families will be ‘worse off’ under Universal Credit scheme

Some working families will be worse off under Iain Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit - even though it was intended to encourage people back into work, according to research published today.

Government's bedroom tax forces carers to cut back on food

Carers are being forced to cut back on essentials such as food and electricity because of the so-called bedroom tax. Despite Government promises to protect them from the under-occupancy charge, one in six carers forced to pay it are falling behind on their rent and face eviction, research by Carers UK shows.

Lord Freud: 'Food from a food bank is by definition a free good and there's almost infinite demand'

Demand for food banks has nothing to do with benefits squeeze, says Work minister Lord Freud

Astonishing claim from the millionaire welfare minister

New figures have revealed that only one in 20 disabled claimants on the government's criticised Work Programme have found lasting jobs

Government's £5bn Work Programme 'still failing and failing badly' as figures reveal only one in 20 sick and disabled people have been found lasting jobs

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

Department-by-department - the winners and losers

A comprehensive guide to spending cuts across Whitehall

Three out of four long-term unemployed on Work Programme haven’t found a job yet

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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Liverpool's Fitzgibbon drug family jailed for more than 30 years over Turkish heroin deal

Ian and Jason Fitzgibbon plotted to smuggle £6 million worth of high-strength heroin

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

Children in working families fall below the poverty line

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.

'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

'Soaring' numbers need urgent help from Citizens Advice Bureau after welfare changes 'drive people to despair'

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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