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The firm carrying out the Government’s controversial “fitness for work” tests on disabled benefit claimants is a “disgrace” and should be stripped of its contract, Labour will say on Monday.

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'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Iain Duncan Smith puts ministerial career on the line after rolling out a barrel-full of jargon and clichés

It’s a sure sign that a minister is under pressure when the jargon level rises. As Iain Duncan Smith defended himself today the jargonometer surged into the red zone.

Iain Duncan Smith defended the universal credit system against claims it was badly managed and losing money

Universal credit chaos: Labour demands apology from Iain Duncan Smith over 'cover-up'

The Work and Pensions Secretary addressed the Commons after claims he misled Parliament over failures in the Government's flagship benefits reform programme

‘Something very wrong in IDS’s mind’ on welfare, says shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

The shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liam Byrne, has launched an attack on Iain Duncan Smith, claiming there “seems to be something very wrong in the mind” of the Work and Pensions Secretary.

Ed Miliband returned from holiday to growing complaints that the Opposition has been virtually invisible in recent weeks

Analysis: Welcome back... Ed Miliband faces growing criticism after holiday

Ed Miliband has vowed not to be panicked into a knee-jerk response to disquiet in Labour ranks over its summer performance and the slow slide in the party's opinion poll lead over the Conservatives.

‘Youth contract’ scheme falls flat as it finds work for less than 5,000 young people

The Government’s work programme was showing signs of unravelling on Monday night, as it emerged that its youth contract scheme had found work for just 10 per cent of those targeted.

Protesters carry placards during a protest against Atos outside the company's head office in London last year

Atos to lose monopoly after 'flawed and unacceptable' disability benefit assessments

More than 40 per cent of the reports carried out on disability benefit claimants by the back-to-work assessor Atos are flawed and unacceptable, according to an audit commissioned by the Government.

Liam Byrne, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has laid some of the blame at the door of Atos

Crackdown on disability benefits costs taxpayer £66m in appeals costs

Appeals bill soars over claims Atos ‘is getting more decisions wrong than ever before’

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.

Iain Duncan Smith is facing criticism that Universal Credit leaves some families worse off

Working families will be ‘worse off’ under Universal Credit scheme

Some working families will be worse off under Iain Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit - even though it was intended to encourage people back into work, according to research published today.

Government's bedroom tax forces carers to cut back on food

Carers are being forced to cut back on essentials such as food and electricity because of the so-called bedroom tax. Despite Government promises to protect them from the under-occupancy charge, one in six carers forced to pay it are falling behind on their rent and face eviction, research by Carers UK shows.

'Grant Shapps’ children share a bedroom because he needs the other rooms for his online aliases'

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps rebuked over benefit error

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps has been rebuked by the UK's statistics watchdog for wrongly claiming that nearly one million people on incapacity benefit (IB) had dropped their claims rather than face medical checks.

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.

Iain Duncan Smith criticised for 'unsupported' claims on success of Government welfare reforms

Iain Duncan Smith faced embarrassment after he was chided by the statistics watchdog over claims he made trumpeting the success of a Government key welfare reform.

The Chancellor George Osborne insisted the public strongly supported the Coalition’s controversial welfare reforms

'Resentful' taxpayers prompt Labour to get tough on benefits

Chancellor insists 'public agrees' with changes to disability benefits

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