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A research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that five million workers are paid below the living wage. There are now more working families living in poverty than non-working ones, the research has found.
"While the labour market has shown signs of revival in the last year, the number of people in low-paid jobs has risen and average incomes have fallen," the report said.
The report also says job insecurity is increasingly common in the UK. It says one in six members of the workforce has claimed Jobseekers' Allowance at some point in the last two years.
Security for the event is likely to be tight, as some of the world's most powerful people will be attending. Confirmed, so far, for Tuesday's memorial service:
- US President Obama and Mrs Obama
- Former US presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
- Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan
- Prime Minister David Cameron
- French President Francois Hollande and predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy
- German president Joachim Gauck
- Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, and three predecessors
- Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and Prince Felipe
- Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and three predecessors
- Indian president Pranab Mukherjee
- Australian prime minister Tony Abbott
- The Netherlands' foreign minister Frans Timmermans
- Danish prime minster Helle Thorning-Schmidt
- Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg and Crown Prince Haakon
- European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso
- Haiti's prime minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire
- Sri Lanka's president Abdul Hamid
- Former Irish head of state Mary Robinson
South African expats all around the world gather to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday evening.
People gathered in London to sing and dance and celebrate the life of the anti-apartheid hero.
The village of Qunu, where Nelson Mandela grew up as a child, is preparing to stage his state funeral.
New roads are being finished to accommodate vehicles that will ferry some of the world's most powerful people into the village.
International Correspondent John Irvine has been speaking to locals as they prepare to welcome their most famous son home to rest for the final time.
A man who worked against and with Nelson Mandela paid tribute to the "incalculable" impact he had on South Africa and the world. Pik Botha served as his country's foreign minister in the last few years of the apartheid regime, and helped negotiate Nelson Mandela's release from prison in 1990.
Mr Botha said he was grateful to have known and worked with Mandela, whom he later became friends with. He said the challenge for South Africa now is to sustain his legacy, as Mark Austin reports.
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Kiev's Independence Square, protesting against President Viktor Yanukovich and his plans for closer ties with Russia.
The protesters are furious that the government decided to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer economic cooperation with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord.
A group of protesters managed to topple a statue of Lenin in the centre of the city.
The 3,5 metre high statue of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution leader had stood there since 1946. Opposition leaders denied any link to its removal.
The demonstrators have erected blockades to defend the central Independence Square - now transformed into a tent village, sustained by donations of food and clothing - from any police attempt to retake it.
After last weekend's violent clashes between riot police and protesters, the atmosphere was calmer.
Near the presidential office, facing heavily-shielded riot police, protesters took turns playing a piano with EU sign on it.
Winnie Mandela attended a service a memorial service in Johannesburg this morning alongside South Africa's president Jacob Zuma.
The former wife of Nelson Mandela joined millions across the country taking part in a national day of prayer and reflection to commemorate the life of the anti-apartheid leader, as Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports.
Eight properties in the Bristol area were raided by police today following an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking by Avon and Somerset Police. Three men were "rescued" by police and have since been taken to a safe place.
Chief Superintendent Julian Moss said victims in cases like this often live in poor, unsanitary conditions for little or no pay.
Lily Allen has returned to the top of the singles charts, with her cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, which features in John Lewis's Christmas TV advert.
She beat Bastille and Gary Barlow to the top spot in the closest number one race of the year so far.
Allen has faced fierce competition over the last seven days from One Direction's Story Of My Life, but her single finishes the week 6,000 copies ahead of the 1D boys who are at number two, the Official Charts Company said.
It is her third UK number one single following Smile in 2006 and The Fear in 2009, and is hotly tipped to be this year's Christmas number one.
The National Crime Agency has confirmed that six people are in custody being questioned by police over allegations of football match fixing, following information passed from the Sun on Sunday to police. In a statement, the NCA said:
The NCA can confirm that the Sun on Sunday has passed material from its own investigation to the National Crime Agency.
An active NCA investigation is now underway and we are working closely with the Football Association and the Gambling Commission.
Six people are in custody and are being questioned by NCA officers. We cannot comment further at this stage.