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Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said the latest unemployment figures are "very encouraging".
Unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02 million in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.
On the last day of campaigning before Scotland's independence poll, Welsh politicians join the final push to win over undecided hearts and minds.
A US billionaire philanthropist is providing grants in Northern Ireland for dementia care, shared education and early years learning.
Both sides in the Scottish referendum campaign make their final pitches to voters as the latest polls suggest the result remains too close to call.
Grants worth £213.5m were paid to councils for waste projects even though key facilities have yet to be built, MPs say.
The Scottish parliament that never was
Will the Scottish referendum result in new powers for England?
A list of candidates is confirmed for the Heywood and Middleton by-election, to be held on 9 October.
What happens if the Scottish referendum ends in a draw?
Promotion prospects are limited for any police officer who signs an arrest warrant for a Sinn Fein member, a Policing Board member claims.
Andrew Neil on the campaign with Yes Scotland in Hamilton, a traditional Labour seat visited by Nicola Sturgeon.
David Cameron rules out an English Parliament but hints that English MPs could get the final say on England-only laws.
Actor Samuel West and ConservativeHome website editor Mark Wallace on the politics of the arts, and its funding.
South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright resigns over the Rotherham child abuse scandal.
Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate seize on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.
Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.
A pledge by the three Westminster party leaders to keep the current funding system for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is criticised by a Welsh MEP.
The three main UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - have signed a pledge promising "extensive new powers" for the Scottish Parliament.
Passport applicants who paid more than £30 extra for a "fast-track" service in an attempt to avoid processing delays should get refunds, MPs have said.