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

More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are "a burden" with average UK household now 3,200 in the red

More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are 'a burden' with average UK household now 3,200 in the redPressure of debt has got worse since the 2008 recession, ONS survey findsSouth-East has the highest levels, Wales the lowestBritish debt mountain now approaching 100bn, based on unpaid credit cards, loans and overdrafts By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 More than eight million families admit their personal debts are ‘a burden’ as the country’s total debt mountain balloons to nearly 100billion, official figures revealed yesterday. The report, from the Office for National Statistics, highlights how debt problems have jumped sharply since the recession struck in 2008. To make matters worse, it ignores people’s mortgages, and looks only at other types of debt such as an unpaid credit card bill, an overdraft and a personal loan

Family to be charged 650 a year by council for keeping seven-year-old daughter"s bedroom as a shrine after she died of cancer

Family to be charged 650 a year by council for keeping seven-year-old daughter's bedroom as a shrine after she died of cancerAshes of Becky Bell have been kept in her bedroom – left exactly as it was when she lost her battle with brain cancer in January 2012Parents Julie and Mark have been told it is now a 'spare room' and that they must pay 56 a month from AprilUnder new plans social housing tenants will face 'bedroom tax' if they are under-occupying their houses .

An unfair policy that fails on every test

An unfair policy that fails on every test By Daily Mail Comment PUBLISHED: 23:36 GMT, 3 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 4 January 2013 Unfair: The new plan makes a mockery of David Cameron's oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family On Monday, the Government’s wrong-headed, fiendishly-complicated plan to strip child benefit from 1.2million families will officially come into force. The Mail has long argued this policy – which will remove the benefit altogether from couples where one person earns more than 60,000, yet leave untouched a household in which two parents earn up to 50,000 each – is grotesquely unfair on mothers who wish to stay at home to raise children. It makes a mockery of David Cameron’s oft-made promise to stand up for the traditional family, punishes aspiration and, as we reveal today, will disproportionately impact on voters in the Tory heartlands.

Sorry ladies… but men are better with the family finances! Women are less confident at sticking to budget

Sorry ladies… but men are better with the family finances! Women are less confident at sticking to budget | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 26 December 2012 Household budgets: Women admit to being less disciplined More women have sole charge of the household finances – despite being less confident than men at sticking to budgets, a survey has revealed.

Rise in number of families with four cars: Working women and their stay-at-home offspring behind rise in vehicles on the drive

The four-car families: Working women and their stay-at-home offspring behind rise in vehicles on the driveFamilies with four or more cars account for nearly one in 50 of all householdsStudy by RAC Foundation analysed census results | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 26 December 2012 The number of households with four or more cars has soared by 51 per cent to nearly half a million over the past decade. The rising number of women who work is one factor behind the increase

Mark Carney: Incoming Governor of Bank of England will get 250,000 accommodation allowance

New Canadian boss of Bank of England will get 250,000 UK accommodation allowance… on top of his 480,000 salaryMr Carney, 47, will replace Sir Mervyn King as the Governor in JulyHis total annual package will be 874,000 – 33 times the national average Mr Carney is already earning 175,000 a year more than his predecessor He is the first foreign appointment to the role and will relocate from Canada | UPDATED: 23:00 GMT, 19 December 2012 The new governor of the Bank of England will be given a housing allowance of 250,000 a year, pushing his total annual earnings towards 1million.

Nearly half of families are worried about debts as toxic due to runaway inflation and low wage growth

Nearly half of families are worried about debts as toxic combination of runaway inflation and low wage growth means they struggle to make ends meetAverage household now 22 a month worse off than a year agoHouseholds are cutting spending, looking for extra work or asking for helpBank of England says consumer spending has been 'flat' since end of 2009 | UPDATED: 00:04 GMT, 18 December 2012 Nearly half of all households in Britain are worried about their debts as the squeeze on family finances intensifies, the Bank of England warns today. A toxic combination of runaway inflation and low wage growth has left millions struggling to make ends meet in the run up to Christmas. The average household is now 22 a month worse off than they were a year ago, according to a study from the Bank, blowing a 264 hole in annual family budgets

Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams

Portrait of a nation bursting at the seams | UPDATED: 00:18 GMT, 12 December 2012 In one extraordinary statistic after another, the results of the 2011 census spell out the most dramatic demographic upheaval in our country’s history. Some 7.5million foreign-born residents in England and Wales, most arriving in the last ten years… four million fewer Christians, with the number of Muslims almost doubling to 2.7million… Fewer than half London’s 8.2million residents describing themselves as white British… overall numbers up by 3.7million, the biggest surge in two centuries… The number of people living in England and Wales who were born overseas has risen by nearly three million to 7.5m Indeed, the make-up of many of our communities has been transformed, permanently and beyond recognition, since Labour threw open our borders at the beginning of the new millennium. This paper takes pride in Britain’s long tradition of offering a haven to settlers from overseas

Eon customers facing 100 rise in energy bills as company becomes last of the "big six" to raise tariffs

E.on customers facing 100 rise in energy bills as company becomes last of the 'big six' to raise tariffs German-owned supplier will put gas and electricity prices up on January 18 Families on dual fuel contract will pay an extra 103 on average annual bill | UPDATED: 23:41 GMT, 10 December 2012 Millions of E.on customers face an increase of more than 100 a year in energy bills after it announced a rise in tariffs. The company, which will put up prices from January 18, is the last of the ‘big six’ suppliers to hit customers with an increase. E.on blamed higher wholesale prices, coupled with the cost of cutting the nation’s carbon emissions through a shift to green energy