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No luxuries like fags and booze with benefits cash in welfare revolution

BENEFIT claimants will be banned from spending handouts on fags and booze under a proposed welfare revolution. The radical plan would see social security money paid on to special credit cards that can only be used to buy essentials like food and clothes. The “welfare cash cards” could also pay for travel and heating but… Read more »

MP: Ban claimants from buying booze

Benefits claimants should be banned from spending their state handouts on cigarettes and booze, a Tory MP has controversially claimed. Alec Shelbrooke told the Commons those receiving payments should be given a welfare card which would work like a chip and pin debit card. But crucially it would not work if claimants tried to use… Read more »

Westminster Dog of the Year

The canine companions of two Yorkshire MPs were among the four-legged friends fighting to win the paw-litical event of the year. Boris, owned by Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke and George, the four-legged friend of Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell, were among 24 political pooches that lined up to contest the annual Westminster Dog of… Read more »