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Government hails record number of people in work and off jobless benefits

The Government hailed new figures showing a record number of people in work as a “real landmark”, as unemployment and jobless benefit claimants fell.

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Chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall urge cut-price milk boycott

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