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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.

'Grant Shapps’ children share a bedroom because he needs the other rooms for his online aliases'

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps rebuked over benefit error

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has been rebuked by the UK's statistics watchdog for wrongly claiming that nearly one million people on incapacity benefit (IB) had dropped their claims rather than face medical checks.

Chancellor George Osborne still needs to tackle £8bn black hole after treasury agrees 10% spending cuts with seven Government departments

These departments only account for around 20 per cent of the cuts George Osborne needs to make

Sgt Jean Reno, who was injured in 2005

Betrayal of our wounded veterans: ‘I served my country. Then they turned their backs’

Former soldiers with severe injuries are losing their benefits and being told they are fit to work

Mark Dryden, left, lost his right arm serving in Iraq and Jean Reno, right, suffers from severe brain injuries that have left him with no short-term memory, double vision, anxiety attacks, and depression

Benefits crackdown ‘humiliates’ disabled Army war veterans

Degrading back-to-work welfare assessments that are stripping former soldiers of their benefits have been denounced by leading veterans’ charities.

Revealed: Devastating impact of 'bedroom tax' sees huge leap in demand for emergency hardship handouts for tenants

Exclusive: Demand for emergency handouts increases by 338 per cent

Protesters against the bedroom tax gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London

Disabled families challenge ‘bedroom tax’ in High Court

Group says new rules on housing benefit breach human rights

97p land: the bargain store has slashed its prices by 3p

'Welcome to Poundland, Everything's 97p': Austerity price war as low-cost retailer cuts prices to undermine 99p rivals

Chain reduces prices in stores at risk from nearby competition

Poor hit hardest by financial crisis and welfare cuts will make it worse

After taxes, the richest 10 per cent earned 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent in 2010

Iain Duncan Smith criticised for 'unsupported' claims on success of Government welfare reforms

Iain Duncan Smith faced embarrassment after he was chided by the statistics watchdog over claims he made trumpeting the success of a Government key welfare reform.

Most families 'will gain nothing' from Universal Credit, new report says

The vast majority of families will gain nothing from the introduction of the Universal Credit, the Government’s flagship welfare reform scheme, a report claims today.

Brave new world of Universal Credit benefits finds an uncertain welcome on the streets of Ashton-under-Lyne

At a job centre in Ashton-under-Lyne, Kevin Rawlinson meets the first recipients of the new Universal Credit

Deal or No Deal winner Caroline Banana sentenced for fraud

A mother who won £95,000 on the television show Deal or No Deal has been ordered to do 215 hours unpaid work.

So far, older people have been relatively unscathed by the Coalition’s cuts
Money for paying to carers can no longer be relied upon under the reforms

Disabled face losing homes under benefit cutbacks

Leaked documents warned ministers that reform would penalise the most vulnerable

Benefits cap rolled out in four London boroughs

A cap on the amount of benefits people can receive begins today in a policy that is being trialled in parts of the capital.

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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