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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.

Questioned: Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

Galifianakis reportedly invited Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist, 87, to the Los Angeles premiere of the third of his Hangover films

Hollywood practices random acts of red-carpet kindness

The Hangover actor Zach Galifianakis’s date for his movie premieres isn’t arm candy  – it’s his 87-year-old friend who he saved from homelessness. Bravo, says Simon Usborne

Work Programme 'is giving least help to worst off' and failing single parents

Private companies who win government contracts to help the jobless find work are “parking” some of the most disadvantaged people on benefits, MPs warn today.

The latest scandal to hit The Toronto Mayor, Rob Ford, is an alleged video of him smoking crack cocaine that’s been seen by three journalists who all identified the Mayor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford greatest hits: The politician who makes London Mayor Boris look like John Major in comparison

He is embroiled in a crack-cocaine sting – and it’s not his first brush with trouble. Will Dean lists his other greatest hits

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Police are eager to speak with an internet celebrity in relation to the murder of a New Jersey lawyer.

The new scheme will affect tens of thousands of people jailed every year

Give Mr Grayling's reforms a chance - they could help us break the cycle of re-offending for good

At St Giles Trust we could now bid to work with organisations across the UK, says the Chief Executive

40% rise in calls to Shelter's advice services

Rising housing and living costs plus housing support cuts leads to increased demand

The Answer to Everything: When a house is not a home

The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne have relayed live operas to cinemas. But for the first time next week, an opera will premiere at a London cinema.

Lee Halpin: Newcastle film-maker and magazine editor

Lee Halpin obituary: Newcastle film-maker and magazine editor

Lee Halpin was a young writer and film-maker who, at the time of his death, had been seeking to make a documentary about homelessness on the streets of Newcastle, writes Marcus Williamson. For this project he had said that he intended to “immerse myself in that lifestyle as deeply as I can.” He planned to “sleep rough for a week, scrounge for my food, access the services that other homeless individuals use…”

Millions fear losing job would mean losing home

What would happen if you lose your job? Would you be able to afford your mortgage payments or rent?

One in three unable to pay rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job

New figures from housing charity show precarious nature of property market for millions

Figures from Shelter reveal millions are one payday away from not being able to pay their mortgage or rent

More than eight million people are one payday away from not being able to pay for their mortgage or rent.

Post-mortem of filmmaker Lee Halpin who died while making homelessness documentary 'inconclusive'

The post-mortem of a young filmmaker who died while making a documentary on homelessness has come back inconclusive, an inquest heard today.

Pioneer: the young Chinua Achebe

Suspended coffee: what a wonderful idea

Customers pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can’t afford one - it's a simple concept which should be introduced to coffee shops in the UK

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