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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.

How can it be that a disabled man needs to go on hunger strike just to get heard by Atos?

A man with physical disabilities and mental health issues is on hunger strike in Wales, after having his disability benefits cut.

Emma Harrison stepped down as chairman of A4e this week

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The founder of a welfare-to-work firm has claimed she was “bullied” out of her job in a Westminster “maelstrom” as she rejected claims that it was missing targets for a Government work scheme.

More than half being assessed for incapacity checks can work, says Government

More than half of people being newly assessed for an allowance which replaced Incapacity Benefit were found to be able to do some form of work, according to Government figures.

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Osborne to cut Coalition's welfare budget by another £10bn a year

George Osborne will today announce moves to cut welfare spending by a further £10bn a year as he warns the Conservative conference that Britain will face continuing economic pain.

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see benefits reduced under new government scheme

Almost 1.2m low paid people could see the state handouts which top up their wages reduced unless they work longer hours, according to report published today.

Six per cent of doctors have experienced a disabled patient who has attempted - or committed - suicide as a result of “undergoing, or fear of undergoing” the Government's fitness to work test.

Fear of fitness to work tests driving disabled patients to suicide, say 6% of GPs

Survey also found that one in five GPs had at least one disabled patient who had thought about suicide because of the test

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Ed Miliband left the Tories looking more vulnerable than at any time since the last election

The DWP, where the Secretary of State is Iain Duncan Smith, launched an inquiry into A4e which resulted in it being stripped of one of its contracts to help the jobless find work in May after ministers concluded that continuing would be 'too great a risk'. However, the company still holds 11 contracts with the Government

Ministers missed key evidence of fraud in welfare-to-work scheme

MPs condemn DWP for lax management of A4e and failure to identify malpractice

Health and safety myths busted

A Government drive to uncover health and safety “myths” has discovered cafes refusing to heat up baby food, golf buggies banned from a golf course and summer footwear banned from offices.

Remploy workers set to stage strike over job losses

Disabled workers at factories being sold by the Government are to stage a four-day strike over the threat of job losses.

Iain Duncan Smith, has been accused of 'moving the goalposts'

Atos contract does not offer value for money, says National Audit Office

The controversial disability benefits contract between Paralympics sponsor Atos and the Government is too weak to ensure value for money for taxpayers, the spending watchdog has found.

Disabled woman took on welfare system – and won

A housebound disabled woman has scored a victory over welfare assessor Atos – using the power of the internet to force it to change its practices.

Judge: Government broke benefits law

The Government broke the law when it stripped an unemployed man of his benefits for six months after he refused to participate in an unpaid back-to-work scheme, the High Court has ruled.

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