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.

Ridding Edinburgh's streets of beggars won’t help to solve homelessness

If the sight of someone who’s down on their luck truly revolts you that much, maybe you don’t deserve to be in Edinburgh’s city centre at all

Man banned from 'all libraries on the face of the earth'

A Wisconsin man has been banned from 'all libraries on the face of the earth' after being charged with misdemeanor counts of lewd behaviour and disorderly conduct.

British grandmother Jennifer Mills-Westley

Bulgarian who beheaded British grandmother in Tenerife supermarket jailed for 20 years

Deyan Deyanov committed the crime during an attack of paranoid schizophrenia, and was therefore not held criminally responsible

Naked body of 'troubled' 13-year-old girl Genelle Conway-Allen found dumped in car park near her home

The seventh grader went missing after school last Thursday

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As the Met Office warns about the cold weather, we must think of those without a home for shelter

Call from cross-party peers to legalise 'low-risk' drugs

Some drugs should be decriminalised with the least harmful substances regulated and sold in shops, a cross-party group of peers recommends today in a report set to reignite the legalisation debate.

Birmingham stab victims were Big Issue sellers

The founder of The Big Issue tonight condemned the fatal stabbings of two vendors in a city centre as “utterly senseless” as police appealed to hundreds of people who may have seen the attacks to come forward.

House construction at 90-year low

House construction is set to plunge to its lowest level for 90 years as councils have cut their home-building targets by more than 270,000 in the past two years, a report warns.

More families left homeless at Christmas

The number of homeless families staying in bed-and-breakfast accommodation has doubled in a year, according to official figures.

'Don't give food to the homeless, ring our hotline': minister tells public

The public should not give money or food to the homeless, the Housing minister has said, urging people instead to ring a new "homelessness hotline" which will alert a network of welfare charities who can help.

Case study: Shaun Collins, 53, was sleeping rough in a Barking churchyard earlier this year. No Second Night Out were alerted and he was taken to a hostel in Islington

Don’t give the homeless money, call this hotline, says minister at charity launch

Giving money or food to a homeless person won’t do them any good, the housing minister has said, as welfare charities launch a “homelessness hotline” billed by the Government as an alternative to hand-outs.

'Working class hero' James Arthur wins ITV1 talent show the X Factor 2012

James Arthur, the 24-year-old singer songwriter from Middlesbrough, has won The X Factor 2012.

No fixed abode: The Bull family, who are living in a hostel

Special report: Homeless banker hits rock bottom

One day you're riding high with a business to run, the next you're on the street

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