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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”.

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Damning report: Mistakes by police dealing with people suffering from mental illness could have contributed to dozens of deaths

Multiple mistakes by police in dealing with people suffering from mental illness could have contributed to dozens of deaths, an independent commission concluded today.

Mentally-ill patients were 'Tasered' more than 50 times in three years

Freedom of Information request reveals extent of stun-gun use by police in psychiatric wards

Keynes might have had time for the George Osborne plan

The target of Niall Ferguson's attack has also been traduced by economic convervatives

Money from health and education budgets could be 'reclassified' to protect defence spending from cuts

Hundreds of millions of pounds from ring-fenced Whitehall health and education budgets could reportedly be “reclassified” to protect Britain’s Armed Forces from the next wave of Treasury spending cuts.

Deon Burton has thrived since linking up again with former manager Martin Allen at Gillingham

Life Beyond the Premier League: Deon Burton relishing his Indian summer in garden of England

Life Beyond the Premier League: After rubbing shoulders with Ronaldo and enjoying a stint in Azerbaijan, the striker has found a home at Gillingham

Touched by George Osborne's tears? Don't worry. It'll all end in votes

The Chancellor's grief at Lady Thatcher's funeral won't sway his critics, but many found it both genuine and moving

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Ed Miliband under pressure over Labour's spending plans for the 2015 election

Blairites want the party to tackle the perception that it is “soft” on benefit claimants

He urged those who can afford it to pay back the benefit, saying it was an

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith provokes ministers' revolt as he tells wealthy pensioners: 'hand back your benefits'

IDS says it is an 'anomaly' that all pensioners receive universal benefits, no matter how well-off they are

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Ryan Mania after his victory in the Grand National

Grand National winner Auroras Encore to be reunited with Ryan Mania at Ayr

The Grand National heroes Auroras Encore and Ryan Mania will be re-united at Ayr on Saturday in the Scottish version of the marathon chase. The horse, who came out of Aintree unscathed and has been in good form since, was given the go-ahead yesterday by his trainer, Sue Smith, and the rider, who injured his neck in a fall the day after his headline triumph, by the sport’s chief medical adviser, Michael Turner.

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

Harriet Harman, deputy leader of the Labour Party, on the BBC's Andrew Marr show this morning

Labour promise welfare changes with emphasis on contributory principle

Shadow ministers Liam Byrne and Harriet Harman says 'work should pay'

Puritan made: The drive to hard work powered the Thatcher and Blair eras

The Protestant work ethic: Heaven knows I'm miserable now

It really does exist, and as jobs disappear, grafters are having to rethink their work-life balance

Labour cannot win by debating welfare on the Tories' terms

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