Autumn statement: Government clamps down on contractors

The government claimed the measures will raise £2bn in taxes in the next five years.

Autumn Statement 2013: At a glance

The main points of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement:

George Osborne is delivering his Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement 2013: 'Plan is working, but the job is not yet done', says George Osborne

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Two million passwords stolen from Facebook, Twitter and Google

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Fitness to work test DOES disadvantage mentally ill: Court of Appeal upholds ruling against Government

Hundreds of thousands of people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and autism have to go through the Work Capability Assesment to find out if they are eligible for Employment Support Allowance

The retailer says it was easier for John Spedan Lewis to give his company to staff in 1929 than for philanthropists to do the same today

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John Lewis's chairman hopes the Chancellor will be more hare than bear when he makes his Autumn Statement

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Disabled children and their families form a human chain organised by Disability Activists Forum demanding their rights from the Bengal Government, during the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Calcutta, India

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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked on 3 December every year, with this year's them 'Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all'.

A4e welfare to work: Five charged over alleged fraud

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UK construction sector growing at its fastest pace in six years

Britain's construction sector expanded at its fastest pace in six years in November, hitting its highest levels of output and employment since August 2007, according to newly released data.

Minimum wage must be enforced on pay-cheat bosses, says think tank

Tougher action is needed to enforce the national minimum wage and tackle rogue employers who refuse to pay the statutory rate, a new report has urged.

Manufacturing jobs boom as growth soars

Britain's manufacturing sector grew at its strongest rate in more than three years last month and is gearing up for a hiring spree to take advantage of improved conditions across the industry, a key survey has revealed.

Rathbones chief executive Andy Pomfret to retire

Andy Pomfret has announced plans to step down as chief executive of the £20 billion-plus fund manager Rathbone Brothers next year, handing over to his recently recruited deputy, Philip Howell.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

Things are looking up for the economy, but don't get too excited

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

Some of the alleged crimes took place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Birmingham neurosurgeon Nafees Hamid charged with 10 further sex offences

The 50-year-old had already been charged with sexually assaulting a female patient

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