One million people who are fit-to-work have been on benefits for three years

Revealed: The one million people who are fit-to-work but have been on benefits for three years 4 out of 10 work-related benefits claimed by long-term unemployed Iain Duncan Smith releases report which includes the damning figuresMinisters under fire for capping benefits at 26,000 a year per household Study found a third of all children are not living with both birth parents , there were 2.3 million claims for benefits that indicate a capacity for work or work-related activity. ‘One million of those were from people who had been claiming one or more of the main working-age benefits for at least three out of the preceding four years.’ According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, social security spending will rise from 180billion this year to nearly 198billion in 2017/18

My 1,000-mile walk back to happiness: How author Cheryl Strayed got her life back after the death of her mother and subsequent drug addiction

My 1,000-mile walk back to happiness: How author Cheryl Strayed got her life back after the death of her mother and subsequent drug addiction Memoir: Cheryl has written a book about her three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike A few days before I am due to meet the author Cheryl Strayed, we email to arrange a suitable rendezvous in New York City. ‘It would be great if it were walking distance from my hotel,’ Cheryl writes, before adding wryly, ‘and yes, I know “walking distance” is relative, given the subject of my book.’ Cheryl’s memoir, Wild: a Journey From Lost to Found, is the story of her three-month, 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), from the Mojave Desert in Nevada, through California and Oregon to Washington State. At just 26 and a first-time hiker, she walked the arduous trail largely alone, blistered and bruised, hungry, dirty and exhausted, wearing the same set of clothes for weeks, and frugally eking out a few dollars for food

Like father NOT like son: Offspring of cocaine users less likely to develop habit

Like father NOT like son: Offspring of cocaine users less likely to develop habit | UPDATED: 20:15 GMT, 16 December 2012 The sons of men addicted to cocaine are actually LESS likely to develop the drug habit themselves, according to a new study. Scientists looked at the offspring of cocaine-addicted male rats and assessed what impact their father's addiction had on their own behaviour when given the Class A drug.

Its probably better to talk: How checking our phones 60 times a day is driving away friends

It’s probably better to talk: How checking our phones 60 times a day is driving away friendsMobile phones are eroding our personal relationships, according to a new studyScientists have compared constantly texting and checking phones to addictions like compulsive spending | UPDATED: 10:33 GMT, 1 December 2012 Compulsive: Constant texting is an addiction, experts say Young people's attachment to their mobile phones is eroding their personal relationships, according to a new study. The claims come after research revealed that young adults – in addition to sending over 100 texts – check their mobile up to 60 times a day