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.

One home in every street at risk of repossession, warns charity

Shelter says unemployment and high cost of living are leaving household on a ' knife-edge'

Burglar stole kayak to row to a better life
in France

A wanted burglar has been jailed after he admitted stealing a kayak and trying to paddle across one of the world’s busiest sea lanes to start a new life in France.

Lifeboat rescued burglar Paul Redford as he tried to escape across Channel on a kayak

He was trying to paddle across one of world's busiest sea lanes to start new life in France

Krokodil: The heroin substitute is a real threat. We must warn of the potentially devastating effects

I have only seen one patient where I suspected he’d used Krokodil. But the potential for this drug to worsen the lives of homeless drug users is all too real

Robin van Helsum seen across a Berlin courtroom

Dutchman sentenced for ‘Forest Boy’ hoax on German authorities

Robin van Helsum, 21, claimed to be a 17-year-old waif who had roamed the woods of central Europe for five years, and cost taxpayers £25,000 while staying in a social services hostel

Failure to attend interview is the most common reason for sanctions

Homeless jobseekers hit hard by benefit cuts

Tough new sanctions regime 'is pushing people into petty crime'

A police officer guards the entrance of the Apple store as customers wait in line for the latest versions of the iPhone during the opening day of sales of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C in Pasadena, California

Man mobbed by LA homeless after iPhone queueing scheme turns sour

Apple stores were the site of chaotic scenes on Friday morning when two men were arrested for fighting in line and a man's plan to hire homeless people to queue for the new iPhone models backfired.

A beach on the island of Koh Phangan off the coast of Koh Samui

Why are so many Westerners homeless in Thailand?

The idyllic beaches have long attracted Brits but a growing number find themselves living rough, with drink problems and expired visas. Stephen Finch and Jamie Merrill report

Donations pour in for homeless man who returned backpack with $42,000 inside

Cheques are pouring in from across America in a bid to raise enough money to buy a homeless man his own house, after he handed in a bag containing $42,000 (£26,000) in cash and travellers cheques.

Police receive a call about domestic violence every minute

Successful prosecutions for domestic violence, involve more than good police work

In real fear of further violence, women seek refuge with charities. Without this support women are more likely to return to abusive partners and give up their case

Will Adamsdale and Fraser Ayers in Stuart - A Life Backwards

Edinburgh 2013: Stuart: A Life Backwards - Fraser Ayres gives an electrifying central performance

There is a stunning performance at the heart of this theatrical adaptation of Alexander Masters' award-winning biography. Fraser Ayres plays Stuart Shorter, a chaotic, garrulous homeless man who has spent his life fighting - abuse, muscular dystrophy, drug addiction, poverty.

For a truly alternative gap year, why not have a year here?

More school leavers than ever before are heading off, but if the thought – and cost – of saving elephants in Kenya fills you with dread, there’s a new option closer to home

Sicily: Bulgarian tourist killed in road accident is buried without family's knowledge after authorities mistake him for illegal African immigrant

Stoyan Zafirova's parents only learnt he had been run over by a car a week after the accident occurred

Paperback review: Train Dreams, By Denis Johnson

This superb novella, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, feels like a doorstopper, so huge is it in its concerns.

Benefits cap row: Iain Duncan Smith accused of relying on 'dodgy' statistics to justify household cut-off

Iain Duncan Smith was accused on Monday of relying on “dodgy” statistics to justify the Government’s  £26,000-a-year benefits cap for each household.

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