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Jobseeker commitment rolled out

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud said the Claimant Commitment redefines the relationship between jobseekers and the state

New agreements setting out what jobseekers will do to find work in return for their benefits have now been rolled out across Britain, covering 635,000 claimants, according to the latest data.

Rooney among first in doping pilot

Wayne Rooney will be among the world's first elite athletes to undergo the new doping test regime

Footballers Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Gary Cahill will be among the world's first elite athletes to undergo new doping test regimes that scientists hope will cut out the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport.

Wildlife sites 'at risk from HS2'

Around 500 wildlife sites will be affected if the proposed HS2 rail link goes ahead, wildlife campaigners say

Around 500 wildlife sites will be affected by the development of the planned high speed rail line from London, conservationists have warned.

Calls to halve meat consumption

Up to 88% of nitrogen losses into the environment from agriculture in the EU are linked to livestock production

Halving the amount of meat and dairy eaten in Europe could slash nitrogen pollution from agriculture, improve health and boost food exports, a study has suggested.

Funds released for green projects

The Government has allocated funds for green projects in Bristol.

Bristol will receive £7 million of public money to fund a range of green projects including a schools programme to educate children about climate change, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has announced.

Museums compete for top award

Artifacts brought from the sea bed of The Solent and preserved on display at the new Mary Rose Museum

The new venue displaying the preserved remains of Henry VIII's sunken flagship the Mary Rose will compete with arts institutions such as the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain for the UK's top museum award.

Shareholders question bonus stance

Shareholders at Barclays have questioned the bank's policy on bonus payments.

Barclays was given a bloody nose by shareholders today as one in three failed to back its controversial decision to increase its bonus pool despite falling profits.

London's Gherkin in a pickle

The Gherkin was designed by architect Lord Norman Foster

Famous London skyscraper the Gherkin has been placed into receivership in a move aimed at removing uncertainty over its ownership.

Debate 'quite encouraging' - Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury said he welcomed the debate about the position of Christianity in British society

The Archbishop of Canterbury has conceded that Britain is "certainly not" a Christian country in terms of the number of regular churchgoers, but its society and values had been "shaped and founded on" the religion.

Proms premiere for Turing tribute

An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys based on the life of codebreaker Alan Turing is to be given its world premiere at the BBC Proms.

An orchestral work by the Pet Shop Boys based on the life of codebreaker Alan Turing - whose endeavours are said to have shortened the Second World War by up to two years - is to be given its world premiere at the BBC Proms.

Paedophile teacher's image haul

William James Vahey worked in American schools worldwide for four decades (AP/FBI)

Images of between 50 and 60 students at a private school were found on the computer of a convicted paedophile, the school's executive principal has said.

Treasurer jailed for £43,000 thefts

Carol Payne was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court

A 32-year-old treasurer who stole nearly £43,000 from a church's collection and a school's minibus fund has been jailed for two and a half years.

Gambaccini to host music awards

Paul Gambaccini announces the nominees for this year's Ivor Novello awards.

DJ Paul Gambaccini will host a high-profile music awards this year more than six months after his arrest as part of Operation Yewtree.