The chairman of a committee that oversees the government's spending watchdog has said she was "angry" that a government work programme was failing to deliver good enough results.
"The DWP has not delivered the much needed improved performance on the Work Programme since my committee last examined it in late 2012 and it is very clear to me that it still has a mountain to climb if it is to help those most in need," said Margaret Hodge, of the Commons Public Accounts Committee.
It comes after the National Audit Office found that welfare-to-work scheme was paying private contractors bonuses even when they were under-performing, in a report disputed by the DwP which is running the programme.
A flagship government scheme aiming to get the long-term unemployed into jobs managed to get less than a third of its latest participants into work, according to data highlighted in a new report.
Just 32% of the privately-run scheme's latest intake found jobs, below the 33% minimum success rate demanded by the DwP and under its predicted 39%, the National Audit Office said. It said the programme was unlikely to get better results than previous Government schemes.
The Employment Related Services Association, which represents the Work Programme providers, insisted that it was an achievement to have maintained employment rates despite a "more challenging economic backdrop".
Sweeping changes to the way separated couples financially support their children have isolated single parents and made them feel like they are "going it alone", a 32-year-old mum has told Good Morning Britain.
Ayse Inal, who has a four-year-old son and a difficult relationship with his father, said she was "really angry, because the money that is supposed to be coming to my son, they [Child Maintenance Service] are actually going to be taking a portion of that money."
Parents who have split up will have to pay the Government "4p in the pound" if they need to use the new Child Maintenance Service (CMS) because they cannot be civil enough to come to informal arrangement themselves, the minister for pensions said.
Steve Webb assured Good Morning Britain the new system was "much more effective" than the previous Child Support Agency.
"If the Dad for example, gets a pay rise, we automatically go to tax records, update the figures so maintenance will go up every year there is a pay rise. That will help parents with children."
Our reforms are necessary to restore fairness to the system and make a better use of social housing. Unreformed, the Housing Benefit bill would have grown to £26 billion in 2013/14.We have given councils £345 million since reforms came in last year to support vulnerable groups, especially disabled people.
The removal of the spare room subsidy means we still pay the majority of most claimants' rent. But we are saving the taxpayer £1 million a day which was being paid for extra bedrooms and are freeing up bigger homes for people forced to live in cramped, overcrowded accommodation.
A Department for Work and Pensions minister has said he is 'pleased' that Atos will receive no compensation after it ended its contract with the Government over controversial assessments of whether benefits claimants are fit to work.