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.

University cleaners demonstrate in London for a better living wage

Living Wage campaign's success shows politics at its very best

It's people-powered change that helps the poor and unites politicians

Cleaners desperate for a pay rise left a note making their case on the Whitehall desk occupied during the day by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary

Workers clean up after request for pay rise in IDS’s in-tray

Letter left for Work and Pensions Secretary results in 500 receiving the London Living Wage

Manchester Police target 'Mr Bigs' of organised crime in dawn raids

Police have launched a series of early morning raids against the “Mr Bigs” of organised crime.

Banners from a protest in April this year demanding that Remploy factories stay open. The government plans to close 15 factories

Ministers accused of 'cruelty' after announcing plans to close 15 Remploy factories for disabled workers with the loss of 900 jobs

Posts will be axed in moves to close or sell off  plants and divert cash into other work programmes

More disabled workers face losing jobs under Remploy closures

Hundreds more disabled workers at Remploy factories are at risk of losing their jobs under fresh closure plans, the Government announced today.

David Blanchflower: Ideology rules the Coalition's jobs policies

Economic Outlook: They introduced the labour market equivalent of thalidomide

How can the Atos boss get a bonus of £1million while disabled people suffer?

As disabled people are re-assessed by Atos, many are shocked to see the mammoth bonus handed out.

How can a country as wealthy as Britain need so many food banks? And what can we do about it?

Our man in the corridors of power says that supermarkets should give a much greater proportion of their unused food waste to charity instead of landfill

Only 1 in 30 held on to a job under flagship Work Programme

The Government's flagship employment scheme has been condemned as a "miserable failure" after figures showed only 3.5 per cent of those taking part had found jobs.

Embarrassment for Government as only 3.5% of participants in its work programme find long-term jobs

The Government today defended its flagship employment scheme against fierce criticism after new figures showed only 3.5% of those taking part had found sustainable jobs.

Striving doesn't pay in today's Britain

As the Autumn Statement looms, the Government's failure to get Britain back to work will take centre stage, but who will pay the price? The country's welfare bill is an incredible £24bn higher than forecast, and rising, it seems, as unemployment remains higher than at the last election.

Iain Duncan Smith says welfare shake-up is biggest since the war

Universal credit system risks plunging vulnerable families into debt, warn MPs

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, believes the reform represents the biggest shake-up of the welfare system since the Second World War

EU plans to go ahead on budget without Cameron

David Cameron has come under increasing pressure to rein in Eurosceptic members of his party after it emerged that frustrated European Union officials have begun drawing up a plan to pass a crucial seven-year budget without the UK.

Benefits could be frozen in next round of cuts

Some state benefits could be frozen next April under a Coalition trade-off being discussed by senior Cabinet ministers as they draw up a new round of welfare cuts.

DWP insiders say that Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit plans are in trouble

Benefits reform under threat after IT glitch

National roll-out of flagship policy delayed by at least a year as costs soar and key personnel quit

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