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The UK’s benefits and state pension are too low, the Council of Europe said yesterday – a claim that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissed as “lunacy”.

World Mental Health Day: Nobody should ever be alone with a mental health problem

Mental illness accounts for a third of all illnesses, so there is absolutely no reason not to talk about it

It’s a free, convenient life-saver. So why aren’t more people walking?

I walk because it’s how I like to commute, and if I don’t, I get sad and I can’t think: my brain works best at 3mph

Miley Cyrus angers health support charity after saying she sticks out her tongue because she 'keeps having mini-strokes'

The singer's latest controversial comments have now come to the attention of the UK's Stroke Association

Women with severe mental illness face high risk of attack

Victims say they are not taken seriously by police and fear being sectioned if they report assaults

Wilshere has not had the best of weeks after being caught smoking

Jack Wilshere's fall at Arsenal may be Roy Hodgson's gain for England

Jack Wilshere's descent down the Arsenal pecking order since the arrival of Mesut Özil and renaissance of Aaron Ramsey could be a blessing in disguise for England. That is the view of Roy Hodgson, and while it is an unofficial part of the job spec for England managers to see a silver lining in every cloud, there is sense in his outlook.

Child sex abuse cases collapsing in court as children are denied the support they need to give evidence, says NSPCC

Only 2% of child witnesses receive professional guidance during criminal proceedings, according to the children's  charity

Christian Benteke has been called-up by Belgium for their World Cup qualifiers even thought Paul Lambert admits he isn't fit

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert slams 'five-day rule' as 'a mockery' as he attempts to avoid Christian Benteke row with Belgium

Lambert claims the rule 'comes back and bites you' if a player misses an international and then appears for his club within the five-day period

Phillip Simelane admitted the manslaughter of Christina Edkins

Judge dismayed at lack of medical help for paranoid-schizophrenic as Phillip Simelane admits manslaughter over Birmingham bus stabbing of schoolgirl Christina Edkins

23-year-old was ordered to be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after random attack with 12-inch kitchen knife

Beverley Concannon admits causing unnecessary suffering to dogs which killed 14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson

Beverley Concannon, 45, today pleaded guilty at Wigan Magistrates' Court to causing unnecessary suffering to four dogs that went on to kill 14-year-old Jade Lomas-Anderson.

General Medical Council to investigate ‘culture of fear’ after doctor suicides

Health watchdog will ask if practitioners need better support during fitness-to-work reviews

Eric Pickles: 'I was giving her a frank piece of advice'

Eric Pickles tells survivor of alleged child abuse: 'Adjust your medication'

Mental health campaigners aghast as minister recorded shouting at alleged child abuse survivor ‘adjust your medication’

David Lloyd George, photographed in 1929, held powerful positions in government and politics for 25 years and exhibited symptoms of HS

Power corrupts but it also plays with your mind: Lloyd George, Chamberlain and Thatcher all suffered from 'hubris syndrome'

Ex-foreign secretary, Lord Owen, tells conference that condition leads to disastrous decision-making

The Archbishop of Canterbury has challenged the characterisation of people on benefits as 'feckless'

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns 'demonising' characterisation of benefit claimants

Justin Welby’s comments will be interpreted as a veiled attack on ministers’ generalisations

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Benefit cheats face 10 years in prison as Keir Starmer sets out 'tough' new Crown Prosecution Service guidelines

Director of Public Prosecutions said those suspected of benefit cheating can now be charged under the Fraud Act

The party of labour needs to put work at the centre of its welfare reforms

In raw political terms, the fact that voters hold Labour accountable by a margin of ten to one for the size of the benefits bill is about as about politically toxic as it gets.

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