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.

Lord Archer's wife Dr Mary Archer a champion of patient care and safety, has been made a Dame

Charity: Reward for former soldier who fought his way back from a life on the streets

Jimmy Carlson has come a long way since he began what would turn into a 23-year descent into alcoholism and homelessness in 1973. Nearly 16 years after finally turning his life around and devoting it to help others in a similar position to that in which he found himself after leaving the Armed Forces, he has been recognised with an OBE for services to homeless people.

Labour attacks 'Minister for Daybreak'

He is the Government’s most prolific media operators.

Simon Kelner: Bring on the bread and circuses – and the hypocrites

At the start of the week, my colleague Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was characteristically forthright in her antipathy towards the Jubilee. Not for her a union jack plate, some bunting and a street party.

Report demands more homes to tackle housing crisis

More new homes must be built to tackle "the country's burgeoning housing crisis", a new report has said.

Thousands left homeless in Philippines shanty town fire in outskirts of Manila

Officials say a fire that swept through a sprawling squatters' colony on Manila Bay's rim has left two people missing and some 10,000 others homeless.

Nepal: Slum clearance leaves families homeless

A child stands on top of the rubble where his house used to be at a slum settlement in Kathmandu, near the bank of the Bagmati River, yesterday.

Empty homes in Stoke-on-Trent

'If I have to move to Stoke, how am I going to see my son?'

Kevin Rawlinson meets Newham locals who say empty homes are being wasted

Travellers 'treated men like slaves'

A family of travellers forced some of the most vulnerable men in society to work for them on a site "like a concentration camp", Luton Crown Court has heard.

Stanley, left, befriends the runaway Sam on the streets of London

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Touching street-life film brings a big issue to a screen near you

Some of the performers who will appear in the With One Voice show

From under the arches to Royal Opera House: homeless get their big break

A mother and daughter folk duo, a hip-hop collective and a poetry group from Aldershot are to perform at the Royal Opera House in a show with a difference: every performer has lived rough on the streets. The show, With One Voice, also marks the first time the homeless have been officially recognised at the Olympics.

A view of Sarajevo from a former sniper position on Mount Trebevic

Suffering goes on for 330,000 refugees of the Yugoslav war

Twenty years after the siege of Sarajevo began, thousands of survivors remain displaced

Pret A Manger to create 550 jobs

Sandwich chain Pret A Manger is to create 550 jobs in the UK as it steps up its expansion plans after a year of record sales and store openings.

Children light candles during a service near Heijo Palace in Nara, central Japan

A year on from Japan's day of disaster: 'I still can't believe we lived through it'

Japan fell silent yesterday to remember last year's 11 March earthquake and tsunami, which killed 19,000 people, triggered a still unresolved nuclear crisis and drove hundreds of thousands of refugees from their homes.

Almost 50,000 people asked for help with homelessness last year

Homelessness increases by 14% in a single year

The number of households classed as homeless increased by 14 per cent last year, Government figures revealed yesterday.

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