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
Soft porn model, 19, let off wearing ankle tag for criminal damage conviction 'because it would interfere with her TV work'Sophie Dalzell claimed bracelet would interfere with work as TV chat girlShe changed plea after hearing court date would clash with photo shootMs Dalzell dodged community service following criminal damage conviction and has also been let off from wearing the tag By Jaya Narain PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 04:07 GMT, 13 April 2013 Sophie Dalzell, 19, refused to wear an ankle tag as she claimed it would interfere with her work as a soft porn model An adult TV star convicted of vandalism was let off from wearing an electronic tag on her ankle – because it would ruin her on-screen work. Sophie Dalzell, 19, was placed on a curfew and ordered to wear a tag for eight weeks after failing to carry out community service
Number of people in employment hits record level with almost 30 million in work – but the squeeze on wages continuesMore Britons are in work than ever before as unemployment falls to 7.8%But wages rise by just 1.4% to 472 per week, with inflation at 2.7%'UK is now ahead of international rivals', claims Iain Duncan Smith By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 10:17 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 GMT, 20 February 2013 A huge rise in employment means that there are more people in work than every before, with almost 30million Britons holding jobs, it was revealed today. And the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance has fallen to its lowest level in nearly two years.
Mother is banned from her own disability tribunal… because of her wheelchair Sylvia Middleton was told she could not attend the fourth-floor courtroom Only people able to escape down stairs in case of fire were allowed in'It's absolutely ridiculous,' said the 65-year-old By Andrew Levy PUBLISHED: 14:32 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:57 GMT, 8 February 2013 A disabled woman was barred from a tribunal to decide whether she was entitled to benefits – because she was in a wheelchair
59 years, eight months and two weeks: That's the age we stop feeling young, says Government pollBritons believe that old age begins at 59 years, two months and two weeksThe Department for Work and Pensions commissioned the poll | UPDATED: 15:07 GMT, 1 January 2013 Middle-aged: It's been said that life begins at 40, but it might be more accurate to say that mid-life begins at 40 according to a Government poll It’s been said, somewhat optimistically, that life begins at 40. Now it seems a more accurate adage might read: Mid-life begins at 40. Or to be precise, according to a study which reveals general attitudes to youth and ageing, the age at which we should stop calling ourselves young is 40 years, eight months and two weeks.
Vandal who attacked Rothko painting at Tate as act of 'yellowism' jailed for two years Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, claimed vandalism was itself a piece of artCo-founder of obscure artistic movement of 'yellowism'Judge said actions were 'wholly and utterly unacceptable' | UPDATED: 17:08 GMT, 13 December 2012 Jailed: Wlodzimierz Umaniec has been sentenced to two years in prison for vandalising a Rothko painting The self-proclaimed artist who vandalised a Mark Rothko painting in what he said was an act of 'yellowism' was today sentenced to two years in prison. Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as Vladimir Umanets, defaced the mural, worth around 5million to 9million, at the Tate Modern gallery on October 7. He has said he carried out the crime in an attempt to spread the principles of the obscure artistic movement which he helped create.
Council fined 30,000 for health and safety failures at warehouse blaze which killed four firefightersFour firefighters died tackling blaze in Warwickshire in 2007 | UPDATED: 16:34 GMT, 7 December 2012 A local authority has been fined 30,000 for health and safety failures linked to a warehouse blaze in which four firefighters died. Mr Justice MacDuff said the fine imposed on Warwickshire County Council reflected deficiencies in record-keeping and information given to fire crews at the time of the tragedy in November 2007.
The paintings which are full of life: Incredible body art transforms people into living creatures and moving landscapesGerman artist Gesine Marwedel, 25, creates amazing lifelike paintings of animals and scenery on people | UPDATED: 16:12 GMT, 2 December 2012 Artist Gesine Marwedel's paintings are full of life – quite literally. The German creates her stunning images not on a traditional blank canvas but on the bodies of people, as these breathtaking pictures reveal. Using her subjects' limbs to create angles for her intricate work, she transforms them into moving masterpieces that represent landscapes and animals
Mother of youngest British soldier killed in Afghanistan has gone on hunger strike after her benefits were axed because of his deathLucy Aldridge wanted to fulfil son William's wish that his death-in-service payout would be used as a trust fund for his younger brothersSon William, 18, was killed by a roadside bomb in a Taliban ambush in 2009 Because the payout was paid into a deceased estate, not a trust fund, the Government ruled she was financially secureNow she has had to use money on everyday living expenses, instead of saving it to secure her two son's futures | UPDATED: 18:42 GMT, 29 November 2012 Lucy Aldridge has gone on hunger strike The mother of the youngest British soldier killed in Afghanistan has gone on hunger strike after the Government axed her benefits as a result of his death. Disabled Lucy Aldridge, 44, lost 300-a-week when her housing and council tax benefit, along with income support were stopped after her son William was blown up in a Taliban ambush in July 2009. Before his death, selfless William had instructed his mum to use any insurance money to be used to bring up his younger brothers George, nine, and Archie, seven
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.