News Gamers in California using the Wii console as entertainment to play Wii Bowling.

The Department for Work and Pensions revealed the new system after a turbulent introduction of the Universal Credit programme

Thousands walk out over pensions

The biggest strike for five years closed thousands of schools and disrupted courts, driving tests and jobcentres today, with warnings of fresh industrial action to come.

James Undy: Who’s briefing Francis Maude?

In an interesting post at the activist Left Futures site, Andy Newman points out the differences between Dave Prentis and Mark Serwotka aren’t just political.

Teachers announce strike date

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers will take part in a national strike on June 30, two teaching unions confirmed today.

PM seeks to relaunch Big Society idea – again

David Cameron will attempt to relaunch his idea of the Big Society for the fourth time today, after a senior cabinet minister admitted that the Government had still "failed to articulate" what it stood for.

Discounts for those who give their time to the Big Society project

People who give up time to help their communities will be given discounts on shopping, cheap swimming sessions and free theatre tickets as part of a major relaunch of the Big Society project.

Big Society toothless, says Archbishop

David Cameron's Big Society initiative is toothless and could be used to allow ministers to wash their hands of responsibility for the impact of spending cuts, the Archbishop of Westminster warned.

Ex-minister Morley admits £32,000 fraud

The former environment minister Elliot Morley yesterday admitted dishonestly claiming mortgage payments worth £32,000. The ex-Labour MP, 58, of Winterton, near Scunthorpe, entered two guilty pleas for false accounting in claims made between 2004 and 2007.

Maude names new boss to kick start public-sector mutuals

The Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, will unveil new services tomorrow, including an incubator fund, to help thousands of public-sector workers to take over government services via John Lewis-style mutuals.

Coalition ready for strikes as PM outlines public sector revolution

Ministers are drawing up plans to deal with a wave of co-ordinated public sector strikes across the country this summer. A special unit of civil servants has been set up in the Cabinet Office to "war game" areas of vulnerability in key services and infrastructure. They are also investigating how they can draft in private-sector "strike breakers" to cross picket lines.

First question on the census form: is there any point to it?

Very soon it will be impossible not to know that 2011 is a census year. The public is to be bombarded with advertisements warning them they will have to fill in a form, saying who was sleeping where on the night of 27-28 March.

Wardens plan to rescue 140 nature reserves

The wardens of England's 140 state-run national nature reserves want to form their own mutual company to save these "wildlife jewels in the crown" from the consequences of government proposals to dispose of them.

We can't sit around over Quangos, says Maude

The Government today defended its plans to axe scores of quangos after MPs warned it had "botched" the process.

MPs say bonfire of the quangos is a damp squib

The Coalition's much heralded "bonfire of the quangos" was a "botched" operation that will neither increase ministerial accountability nor deliver large financial savings, a Tory-led committee of MPs has concluded.

Mary Dejevsky: It helps if doctors speak words we understand

Social Studies: Tony Blair's degradation of the English language should be right up there with his pursuit of an unjust war

Osborne looks to save hundreds of millions on PFIs

Chancellor targets potential savings of £500m in the £300bn being spent on schools, hospitals and other public projects
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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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