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.

UK Uncut stages Starbucks protests over coffee chain's tax affairs

Activist group carries out more than 40 demonstrations across the country

Totnes did a more than decent thing

The town clubbed together to provide a funeral for a local homeless man

Back-to-work scheme ‘failing homeless’

Homeless people are being failed by the government’s flagship back-to-work programme despite large amounts of public money being given to private firms to cut chronic employment, a new report warns.

Last night's viewing - Four Born Every Second, BBC1; Stephen Fry: Gadget Man, Channel 4

Four Born Every Second, Brian Hill's contribution to Why Poverty?, a series of documentaries on the subject, began with a question: "Is it worse to be born poor or die poor?" It rather depends on what happens in between, I found myself thinking, before realising that the question wasn't really intended to be answered. And unfortunately the vagueness of that moment turned out to be typical of a film that was full of good intentions but distinctly thin on the ground when it came to logical coherence.

Number of homeless children soars by 60 per cent in a year

The number of children and pregnant women forced to live in bed and breakfast accommodation has risen by 60 per cent in a year, according to a new report.

Back to work for President Obama

Obama faces 'hard choices' on veterans

A new report by the Center for a New American Security warns that the Obama administration will "face an array of hard choices" involving veterans and the military community as it tries to tackle issues ranging from military suicide to veterans disability claims during the president's second term.

New five year plan will help those at risk of losing their homes

Nationwide Building Society claims that over the next five years, their Your Home, Your Money and Your Community schemes will help 750,000 people into a home of their own, as well as encourage a million people to start saving.

Hurricane Sandy: Atlantic City takes stock of damage

Those who stayed behind in Atlantic City to ride out Hurricane Sandy emerged from waterlogged homes and hiding places a little after 10 a.m. Tuesday to find the largest crowds jostling for position in front of the 24/7 Food Market.

In other news ... Jon Snow performed at last year's Newsroom's Got Talent charity event

Cool Daddio! Jon Snow gets star jazz billing

The Channel 4 newsreader is to be opening act at London festival

Britain in Bloom: More than just a feast for the eyes

The Royal Horticultural Society staged the annual Britain in Bloom awards at St Peter Port, in Guernsey, at the weekend.

New law 'shuts door' on squatters

Squatters will face up to six months in prison and so-called squatters' rights scrapped as it becomes a criminal offence in England and Wales tomorrow.

Man held for Los Angeles area homeless stabbings

Police have arrested a man over the stabbings of three homeless people in the Los Angeles area, who they say goes by a name signed on “death warrants” found with the wounded victims.

Three homeless people found stabbed in Los Angeles

Police have linked three July stabbings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area to one suspect who left typewritten “death warrant” notes at each crime scene.

Jury out again in traveller family servitude trial

A jury has retired for a fifth day of deliberations to consider verdicts in the trial of a traveller family accused of forcing destitute men into servitude.

Monsoon landslides kill 100 in Bangladesh

Up to 1OO people have been killed in Bangladesh and many more are missing after monsoon rains triggered landslides in the south of the country. About 150,000 people have been left stranded.

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