News A committee of MPs said key performance indicators used by Jobcentre Plus should immediately be revised to help people into work, not just off benefits

An “unprecedented” number of those dependent on welfare were punished in the year to June 2013, according to a report into Jobcentre Plus published today by the Work and Pensions Committee.

Numbers of homeless people in UK up by 17 per cent

The number of homeless people in Britain has risen by 17 per cent in the past year, according to figures published by the Government yesterday.

Ministers offer planning talks

Ministers are ready to hold talks with opponents of their planning reforms, it emerged today.

Warehouse find prompts murder probe

A murder investigation has been launched after a homeless man's body was found inside a derelict warehouse.

Irish domestic violence charity 'struggling to cope'

Almost 250 women desperate to escape a violent partner were turned away by an overstretched charity last year.

They may be homeless, but the world's at their feet

Paris gives pride of place to football's uplifting World Cup

Homeless people and charities to revamp derelict houses

Thousands of empty homes are to be renovated by councils, community groups and homeless people after ministers admitted the number of empty properties crumbling into disrepair was a "scandal".

Benefit cap will hit single mothers and minorities

Moves to impose an annual limit on benefit payments to the unemployed will affect single mothers and ethnic minorities hardest, the Government's own analysis of the controversial policy has concluded.

Middle classes are Britain's new homeless: State safety nets are gone

As the downturn bites, the numbers turning to local authorities for housing are rising. But there is little help to be found

Labour demands answers over welfare reforms

Labour has demanded an explanation from ministers as to why they hid official advice that planned welfare reforms could make 40,000 families homeless, while costing the taxpayer more than they save.

Witness protection 'at risk' in reform

Many vital police services – from witness protection to fingerprint databasing – could collapse as a result a shake-up of crime-fighting, the president of the Association of Police Chief Officers (Acpo) will warn today.

Legal aid reforms will hit the most vulnerable hardest, warns top judge

Law Society also attacks cuts that will 'fuel rise in criminality'

Tomlinson death officer in court

A scotland Yard officer was due to appear in court today accused of killing Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests.

Why homeless men die 22 years younger

Homeless people are six times more likely to die earlier than the general population, according to new research that reveals a hidden cost of the economic downturn.

Aloe Blacc: 'I limit my consumption to the point people call me Mr Frugal'

Artists like 50 Cent made me stop rapping I felt there was too much opulence, braggadocio and misogyny in hip-hop, and I wanted to tell a different story. What happened is that the music got corporatised; industry executives sacrificed art for what sells and mega-stars now saturate the market with the same tired lyrics.

Disabled man 'under court protection' evicted

A disabled man who is supposedly being protected by the courts was wandering homeless yesterday after bailiffs used sledge-hammers to evict him from his home.

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