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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”.

David Cameron benefits on welfare at Labour’s expense

Only 14 per cent think Ed Miliband could stop payments spiralling out of control, says poll

Labour says the forces should boost in-service training so personnel have more skills when they leave

Labour to offer jobs and care for those leaving armed forces

Labour will today announce plans to improve the lives of servicemen and women when they leave the forces after research found that they cost the state more than £100m a year.

JACK WILSHERE: Gave the ball away far too often and lost his radar in the final third. Did not shy away but never got going. 5/10

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere not at 'full fitness' admits Roy Hodgson

Below par performance against Ukraine blamed on lack of fitness

David Camerson says migrant benefits for non-workers need to be reduced

David Cameron: Curb migrants' benefits

Prime Minister says it is 'absolutely vital' to place restrictions on new member states of the EU

LSD is referenced in songs such as 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' by the Beatles

Hallucinogenic health trip: LSD may not be bad for you, says study

‘Not much evidence’ for long-term problems over the past 50 years, Norwegian researchers conclude

Wentworth Prison and the real-life parallels for locked-up women

The question of why we continue to lock up some of the most vulnerable and damaged women in society for relatively petty offences has yet to be answered

Increased TV viewing, physical activity, video games and diet are all factors that influence children's health

Overload of screen time ‘causes depression in children’

Study claims there is a link between too much television and computer game-playing and lower self-esteem in the young

Young volunteers tidy up the Thames riverbank with the Waterways Trust

Thinking of volunteering on your gap year? Good news, it can help you live longer

It’s official, you get what you give, and the notion of good karma might just have some truth in it. Scientists at the University of Exeter have proved that volunteering can help you live longer, with the risk of dying lessened by more than a fifth.

Chelsea Manning and the pain, but mostly joy, of coming out as transgender

The terrifying scale of coming out to the world is, I suspect, matched by the immense weight that has been lifted off her

Innocent bus driver stabbed in head by screaming woman who 'mistook him for someone else'

Veraty Johnston admitted attacking the driver in front of a packed bus near Norwich

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Sport on TV: Football really can give us a positive mental attitude

As the big beast of the Premier League is released from its cage once again, it's all too easy to forget that football is simply about a bunch of boys (or girls) chasing a ball around, not pampered heroes and image rights. Maybe the game can bring out the worst in people but it also provides an escape.

Ryan Harris embodies everything that is required of the perfect team cricketer

Adam Gilchrist on the Ashes: Despite the Ashes defeat Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers have been winners

The Aussie Angle: These thirtysomethings show what is required to be quality Test players

Hayley, Jamal, Adam in Football, Madness and Me, BBC3

TV review: Football, Madness and Me, BBC3 - For Jamal, football is one of the few ways he can be free

For all the glamour of the Premiership, the real thing that gives the Beautiful Game its beauty is the indelible joy of playing the game. From a kick-about in the park to Villa Park, the actual joy of participation tends to outweigh watching others play the game. Which is why – during summer Olympic, cycling, cricketing or tennis glories – it’s frustrating when the behaviour of a few in the upper echelons of the game gives people a stick to beat football with.

The number of detentions under the Mental Health Act is increasing

Mentally ill patients sectioned unnecessarily as 'only way' to a hospital bed

Chair of the Health Select Committee says claims amounted to 'more than anecdotal evidence' and should be urgently investigated by the Department of Health

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Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

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Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
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Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
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What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
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French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

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Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
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Radio 1’s new top ten

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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

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