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

UK drug that boosts immune cell could halt childhood diabetes

UK drug that boosts immune cell could halt childhood diabetesPioneering work could bring us a 'step closer to a world without diabetes' By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 03:33 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 03:33 GMT, 6 February 2013 Although Type 1 diabetes most commonly develops in childhood, it can strike at any time A drug that could stop children from developing diabetes is being tested by British scientists. In future, youngsters could be screened for vulnerability at school, then given the drug to keep them healthy. Even delaying the onset of childhood, or Type 1, diabetes could have huge benefits in terms of long-term health.

Latest life-extending cancer drugs "rationed by postcode": Recommended treatments are handed out in some hospitals but not others

Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens of hospitals refuse to hand out treamentsDozens of trusts failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancerSome of the drugs boost survival rates by a quarter and others extend lives By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:50 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 03:05 GMT, 11 January 2013 Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE

Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues – yet thousands are completely healthy

Revealed: RSPCA destroys HALF of the animals that it rescues – yet thousands are completely healthy Shock figures reveal 3,400 animals put down for 'non-medical reasons'Whistleblower claims she shot healthy dogs 'because there was no room' Statistics show 10,000 fewer animals were rehomed in 2011But charity's prosecutions of rogue pet owners leap 20 per centCountryside Alliance says charity should lose right to call itself Royal | UPDATED: 22:08 GMT, 29 December 2012 The RSPCA destroys nearly half the animals it ‘rescues’ each year, with thousands being put down for non-medical reasons, shocking figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal. The animal-welfare charity destroyed 53,000 animals last year – 44 per cent of those it took in – leading critics to claim that the organisation spends too much time on prosecuting cases of neglect and cruelty and not enough on finding new homes for animals

Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim "shocking" figures show failure by probation officers

Nearly 50,000 criminals spared jail offend again within a year: MPs claim 'shocking' figures show failure by probation officersConvicts including violent thugs spared jail committed another offenceTory MPs have said figures show a problem with the probation serviceJustice Secretary announced plans to tackle entrenched reoffending | UPDATED: 00:36 GMT, 19 December 2012 Around 50,000 criminals who were spared jail went on to commit another crime within a year, figures revealed yesterday. The convicts – including violent thugs, burglars and drug dealers – were handed community service or a suspended jail term, leaving them free to commit new crimes.

Online porn: The fight MUST go on: Furious charities hit out after ministers refuse to order an automatic block on internet filth

Online porn, the fight MUST go on: Furious charities hit out after ministers refuse to order an automatic block on internet filthPorn block has support of parents but ministers say no Child safety campaigners say Government has bowed to internet service providersCharities to continue the battle to protect vulnerable children | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 16 December 2012 Ministers were accused of putting the profits of internet giants ahead of the safety of children yesterday in the row over online porn. Child safety campaigners said the Coalition’s decision to veto an automatic block – despite clear evidence that parents support the idea – had left them ‘back at square one’

Four in 10 parents say their children have been exposed to internet porn

Four in 10 parents say their children have been exposed to internet porn Shocking figures exposed in Department for Education consultationAlmost a third of parents say their sons or daughters have received sexually explicit emails or textsMore than 50 per cent of parents questioned in favour of stricter controls | UPDATED: 22:46 GMT, 7 December 2012 Shocking figures: Four out of ten parents say their children have been exposed to internet porn More than four in ten parents say that their children have been exposed to internet porn, an official survey reveals. Almost a third say their sons or daughters have received sexually explicit emails or texts and a quarter say they have been bullied online or on their phones. Many others have been exposed to websites promoting anorexia, self-harm and even suicide

More than 500,000 pensioners "will be lonely at Christmas" with just the television for company

More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' with just the television for companyOne in six over-65s barely speaks to family, friends or neighbours once a week according to a new survey by Friends of the ElderlyThe survey reveals the depth of isolation affecting many whose well-being is at greater risk during the winter By Jenny Hope PUBLISHED: 01:28 GMT, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 3 December 2012 Alone: More than 500,000 pensioners 'will be lonely at Christmas' (file picture) More than half a million older people will be spending Christmas alone this year – with only the TV for company, say campaigners. One in six is in touch with family, friends and neighbours barely once a week, while one in ten is in contact less than once a month

Paedophile who said a seven-year-old girl seduced him is finally jailed weeks after judge set him free

Paedophile who said a seven-year-old girl seduced him is finally jailed weeks after judge set him freeJohn Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guiltyAccused schoolgirl of pinning him down on a bed after 'flirting' with himFailed to attend sex offender treatment programme Cited excuses including wax in his ear and a broken window at home | UPDATED: 19:38 GMT, 30 November 2012 Guilty: John Thompson (pictured) was imprisoned yesterday after blaming a seven-year-old girl for seducing him A vile paedophile who blamed a girl of seven for seducing him was finally locked up yesterday – weeks after a judge let him walk free. John Thompson escaped a prison sentence in July despite pleading guilty to sexually assaulting his victim.

How David Cameron"s 5bn jobs scheme CUT the number finding work

How PM's 5bn jobs scheme CUT the number finding work: More people would have found employment if ministers had done nothing The Work Programme pays companies and charities if they get long-term unemployed into a jobOfficials thought 5% of people would find work on their own – more than the 3.5% helped by the scheme200,000 have been found some work but many last just a few weeks before going back on benefits | UPDATED: 08:14 GMT, 28 November 2012 Data for the first 12 months of the Work Programme showed the 5billion initiative secured lasting employment for just one in every 50 people referred, at a cost of 14,000 a job. The scheme – personally championed by the Prime Minister – pays private sector firms such as A4e and G4S to find jobs for the long-term unemployed.