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.

Lee Halpin died from Adult Sudden Death Syndrome

Filmmaker Lee Halpin found dead while making homelessness documentary died from Adult Sudden Death Syndrome

26-year-old had been hoping to win an internship with Channel 4

Rent arrears are the UK's fastest growing debt problem

But one third of renters are still planning to buy in 2014

Liverpool council insists there are just 'one or two' homeless people without nighttime accommodation

Liverpool residents who give to beggars told: "Your kindness could kill"

A new council-run campaign aims to encourage people to give to charity instead

It's not just the Government that has lost sight of homeless people. We have too

Nearly 85,000 children in Britain will wake up without a home this Christmas morning

Help for victims of domestic violence is in a state of crisis

Refuges ‘turn away more than 150 women a day because of budget cuts’

Help for victims of domestic violence in a state of crisis, warns national survey

The Mayor of London said that greed was a 'valid motivator for economic progress'

Embrace culture of greed, says Boris Johnson

London Mayor says restaurant queues, traffic jams and cranes around London made him feel like he was back in the 1980s

Video: Prince William, Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi perform at palace charity gala

The Duke of Cambridge joined the musicians on stage for the finale

Pope Francis arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square

'A new tyranny': Pope Francis attacks unfettered capitalism and says rich should share wealth

Pontiff calls for major change - but reiterates church's opposition to abortion and the ordination of female priests

Five questions on: Britain's debt crisis

Debt crisis? Didn't David Cameron say we're on the road to recovery?

Shelter is expecting a surge in calls in the run-up to Christmas

Britain’s homelessness crisis evident in record number of calls to Shelter

Charity has received 175,000 inquiries in the past 12 months, up 10 per cent in the previous year. Emily Dugan reports

Personal debt in the UK totals £1.43 trillion

£1,430,000,000,000 (that's £1.43 trillion): Britain's personal debt timebomb

Average household debt is now £54,000 - double the level a decade ago, despite record low interest rates, and ministers fear that failure to pay back loans and credit will leave thousands at risk of losing their home

Male victims of rape, sexual abuse and depression: Breaking the silence on International Men's Day

Those who mock today are mocking victims of a viciously gendered society

Almost a quarter of NHS walk-in centres have closed in just three years – leaving patients unable to access the care they need, Monitor has warned

Closure of NHS walk-in centres condemned

NHS regulator says closures risk "increasing health inequalities" as workers and vulnerable struggle to access services

Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

Tourists in Vietnam braced for arrival of Typhoon Haiyan

Tourists in northern areas of Vietnam are bracing themselves as one of the most powerful storms on record makes its way towards them after devastating the Philippines.

The girl, thought to be 14 or 15, was found on 11 October

Police identify mystery teenage girl found wandering the streets of Dublin

Authorities are liaising with Australian police over 14 or 15-year-old girl, who initially was believed to be of European origin

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