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

British golfer drowns in Spanish lake after falling in when he went to retrieve golf ball

British golfer, 73, drowns in Spanish lake after falling in when he went to retrieve his ball Thomas Ross fell into lake at Dunas de Donana golf course in AndaluciaMr Ross, 73, from Scotland, was playing the fifth hole when he slippedCourse located near Matalascanas which is popular with British tourists By Lee Moran PUBLISHED: 11:28 GMT, 22 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:23 GMT, 23 April 2013 Died: Thomas Ross died while on a golfing holiday in Spain A British golfer drowned in a Spanish lake after he fell in trying to find a lost ball.

Instructor opens first driving school for homosexuals after hearing about offensive jokes by other tutors

Instructor opens first driving school for homosexuals after hearing about offensive jokes by other tutors Learners complained about having to lie to previous instructorsTransgender learners faced questions on their gender from other instructorsDiscreet car used with no markings to advertise LGBT friendly service By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 08:54 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:44 GMT, 11 April 2013 A lesbian businesswoman is helping homosexual learner drivers dodge old-school driving instructors by opening Britain's first ‘gay driving school.’ Karis Smith, 27, started Gay Driving School Manchester after friends complained about jokes being made by instructors about their sexuality when having lessons. She said stories of instructors referring to pupils as ‘faggots’ or grilling transgender youngsters on whether they are a boy or a girl had left her horrified

Sex offender Opemipo Jaji, 18, "raped schoolgirl, 11, repeatedly in Enfield park and filmed it"

Sex offender, 18, 'raped 11-year-old schoolgirl repeatedly in park then told her he would show film of attack to friends and those she loved'Opemipo Jaji is accused of raping a school girl after following her home Allegedly dragged girl into a park in Enfield, north London, last NovemberCourt heard he told victim he would stab her and put a glove in her mouthJaji admitted sexually assaulting another girl in 2011, Old Bailey heard ” class=”blkBorder” /> Police search teams in Jubilee Park in Enfield looking for clues at the time of the rape in November 2012 The girl said her attacker was a black man with a small afro, dressed in grey and black and wearing an ‘opaque’ headdress. Jurors at the Old Bailey have been told Jaji will claim he has been wrongly identified – though prosecutors say blood found on his shoes and bag match the girl’s DNA with a one-in-a-billion match. She said: ‘He stank just like he hadn’t had a bath

Who needs to tweet when you"ve got the Roy-owl Mail?

Who needs to tweet when you've got the Roy-owl MailAnimal sanctuary trained owls to deliver internal mail after budget cutsKirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire had a backlog of mailBirds trained to recognise primary colours and pick up post from trays By Nesta Vowles PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 1 April 2013 It is a wizard idea straight out of Harry Potter and ensures the post always wings its way out on time. Experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds of prey do at the fictional Hogwarts School. Kirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire introduced the feathered posties after budget cuts forced it to reduce staff numbers, leaving a backlog of mail

Council spends 100,000-a-year on just TWO "grammar tsars" to help teachers prepare 10-year-olds for exams

Council spends 100,000-a-year on just TWO 'grammar tsars' to help teachers prepare 10-year-olds for examsKent County Council employs two 'literacy consultants' to tutor teachersEach earns between 51,000 and 54,000 a yearMove comes ahead of new grammar tests for pupils aged 10 and 11Critics say teachers should already have firm knowledge of grammar By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 14:54 GMT, 29 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:10 GMT, 29 March 2013 A council has come under fire for employing two 'grammar tsars' on 50,000 each to help primary school teachers learn the answers to a new English test – for 10-year-olds. Kent County Council has employed two 'literacy consultants' to tutor primary school teachers ahead of a new grammar test for pupils aged 10 and 11 in June this year.

Early to bed and rise won"t make you wealthy and wise, research shows as night owls are linked to high income earners

Early to bed and early to rise won't make you wealthy and wise, research shows as night owls are linked to high income earnersUniversity of Madrid researchers tested nearly 1,000 teenagersEarly risers do well at school but are outstripped by night owls at work By Helen Lawson PUBLISHED: 16:01 GMT, 24 March 2013 | UPDATED: 23:01 GMT, 24 March 2013 They are most likely to be healthy, wealthy and wise, according to the old adage. But those who are early to bed and early to rise do not always have the upper hand, researchers say. They have revealed that night owls are generally brighter and wealthier than those able to get up early in the morning.

Haslingden schoolgirl Jade Stringer, 14, found hanged after becoming upset when father confiscated her phone

Schoolgirl, 14, found hanged after father confiscated her phone Jade Stringer, of Bury, was unhappy at being told to hand over the phoneIt was despite fears schoolgirl might get abusive text messages from a boyFather later offered to give her the phone if he could check her messagesShe refused to hand over charger and was found hanged 30 minutes later , her mother added. However, last summer she accused a boy of assaulting her, and her mobile phone was seized by police in an attempt to stop him contacting her

Housing benefit cap: Mother-of-six demands she is rehoused in exclusive suburb after being forced out of 2MILLION home

‘Get me back to Belgravia’: Mother of six demands she is rehoused in exclusive suburb after a cap on housing benefit forced her out of 2MILLION home Stephanie Demouh was entitled to housing benefit because she was registered as a single mother She lived in a four bedroom house in Belgravia, near Sloane Square, for about three yearsGovernment housing cap resulted in Westminster Council moving family Demouh says she needs to live in the exclusive area so her children can get to school Westminster City Council says it will now investigate the case By Tara Brady PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 17 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 GMT, 17 March 2013 A mother-of-six who was forced out of a 2million home in one of London's most expensive areas after the government introduced a cap on housing benefit is demanding the council rehouse her in the same neighbourhood so her children can attend an elite school. Stephanie Demouh, originally from Togo, in west Africa, was entitled to the handouts because she claimed she was a single mother. She was allocated a four-bedroom house in Belgravia, near Sloane Square, where she has been living for about three years with her children.

Head teacher and five staff suspended for locking a knife wielding nine-year-old pupil in a cupboard after HIS parents complain to police

Head teacher and five staff suspended for locking a knife-wielding nine-year-old pupil in the 'naughty cupboard'Child carried blade taken from the kitchen at Revoe Primary in BlackpoolHe was disarmed and put in a lockable 'naughty cupboard' to calm downStaff suspended and police investigating false imprisonment By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 12:51 GMT, 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 GMT, 26 February 2013 Fury has erupted at a primary school because its headteacher and five others have been suspended after they disarmed a knife-wielding child and shut him in a 'naughty cupboard'. Teachers placed the nine-year-old in a lockable room after he terrorised staff and fellow pupils with a blade he took from the kitchen at Revoe Primary School in Blackpool.