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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

In an interview with The Independent, Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, revealed a 'tough love' strategy to stop the unemployed staying on the dole for up to three years before their English, maths and computer skills are assessed

Exclusive: Labour will make jobless take maths and English tests

Shadow minister tells ‘The Independent’ those who refuse training will lose benefits

European migrants 'will be denied housing benefit if they are on job-seekers allowance'

People moving to this country from Europe who are unable to find work will be denied housing benefit, according to two senior Conservative cabinet members.

Working single parents who receive a pay rise should also get a cash bonus from the state, recommends Policy Exchange

Tory think-tank recommends cash bonuses for working single parents

Policy Exchange urges immediate action to cut the 650,000 single parent households that are not in any kind of work

The plight of the young and unemployed is truly scary – and this government seems to have no answers

A quarter of long-term unemployed young people have self harmed

Far-right party Golden Dawn is expected to perform well in municipal and European Parliament elections

Just what Greece didn’t need: BNP leader Nick Griffin seeks Golden Dawn alliance

Athens plays centre stage to a worrying political development

Benefits Street: House for sale in James Turner Street, Birmingham

It's the street that’s split opinion all over Britain... and now you can buy your very own house on it.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney

Bank of England to hold interest rates at record lows

The Bank of England will hold interest rates at record lows once more today, amid speculation it will have to change the threshold for considering a hike in the cost of borrowing within months.

Jobs market boom sustained by Midlands and the North

The UK economy is creating jobs at its fastest pace in almost four years, according to a new survey, with the strongest growth seen in the Midlands and the North.

Dee and Caitlin from Channel 4's 'Benefits Street'

Thousands sign petition urging Channel 4 to drop Benefits Street

The series has prompted a police probe and complaints from viewers

Eurozone unemployment rate remains stable at 12.1%

Eurozone unemployment was stable in November, prompting some analysts to suggest that the region’s problems might be beginning to abate.

Hundreds of members of staff at a failed provider to the troubled NHS 111 helpline have been given official notice

NHS Direct 111 helpline staff warned of jobs axe

Hundreds of members of staff at a failed provider to the troubled NHS 111 helpline have been told that they face losing their jobs.

Be quick on your feet and check out your gym contract before you get signed up

Savvy Money: Sign up to a gym contract as supple as you aim to be

If your resolution to fight the flab weakens, the only pounds you lose may be in health club bills

Your guide to immigration rhetoric

Checked behind your sofa recently? Don’t - there will probably be a Romanian hiding there.

Unemployed young people feel they have 'nothing to live for'

One in three long-term unemployed young people have contemplated suicide

Teenagers who fail to get five top-grade GCSE passes are more likely to feel “ashamed” and believe they have no talent

Failed exams leave 27 per cent of teens ‘ashamed,’ YouGov survey reveals

Teenagers who fail to get five top-grade GCSE passes are more likely to feel “ashamed” and believe they have no talent, according to research out today.

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