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post 16 April 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

Benefit delays or benefit sanctions are the major factor driving people to use food banks says the charity that runs hundreds of them across the country.

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The government says Britain's recovery is on track as official figures show average pay rises outstripping inflation for the first time in four years and unemployment continuing to fall (Reuters)
Pay increases finally exceed rise in cost of living

The government says Britain's recovery is on track as official figures show average pay rises outstripping inflation for the first time in four years and unemployment continuing to fall.

article 16 April 2014 UK
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Coulson tells hacking trial he heard Blunkett voicemails

Former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson tells the hacking trial he was "shocked" to hear voicemails of David Blunkett "declaring his love" for a married woman.

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Food banks: on the front line with Britain's poorest

As new Trussell Trust figures show that food banks fed almost 1m people last year, Epsom and Ewell food bank manager Jonathan Lees writes from the front line.

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Election watchdog to contact Ukip over expenses - video

The UK's election watchdog is writing to Ukip asking for "clarification" about the rent-free office at the centre of a row over the party leader Nigel Farage's use of Brussels' allowances.

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Hillsborough memorial remembers 96 victims 25 years on

A memorial service marks 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans.

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by Inside Thor Steinar: London outfitter to the extreme right

A controversial clothing brand strongly associated with the extreme right in Europe has opened a high street store in London, Channel 4 News can reveal.

article 15 April 2014 UK
Michael Gove (picture: Getty)
Gove criticised over 'Islamist plot' schools investigator

Senior police figures criticise Michael Gove's "desperately unfortunate" decision to appoint a former anti-terror chief to investigate an alleged Islamist plot to take over 25 schools in Birmingham.

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UK workers could receive first real pay rise for six years

Inflation falls for the sixth month in succession in March paving the way for an end to the prolonged squeeze on wages, official figures show.