Eric Pickles: Government department spends extra 10,000 on biscuits

It takes the biscuit! Government department spends extra 10,000 on snacks (and guess what, it's headed by Eric Pickles) He promised to ban free food and drink at meetings shorter than four hoursLabour's Diane Abbott reveals expenditure and says biscuit bill must be cut | UPDATED: 14:45 GMT, 30 December 2012 One of Mr Pickles' 50 cost-cutting tips to councils was 'stop providing free food and drink at meetings' Cost-cutting minister Eric Pickles' biscuit bill is up 10,000 on last year as his department spent 42,225 of taxpayers money in just seven months. It comes as Mr Pickles said he had banned refreshments from being served at departmental meetings unless they go on for more than four hours

Hospitals hit by huge rise in women suffering injuries caused by their vajazzles

Hospitals hit by huge rise in women suffering injuries caused by their vajazzles The Only Way Is Essex body art craze is behind a 50 per cent rise in A&E admissions Brazilians and other grooming procedures are also causing more women to seek medical helpBut men still account for seven in ten genital injuries, with cricket balls posing the biggest threat | UPDATED: 10:12 GMT, 9 December 2012 Vajazzles are behind a huge rise in hospital admissions for embarrassing injuries to private parts. Admissions of A&E patients with cuts and infections to their genitals jumped 50 per cent over the past five years. Many of the women seeking medical help did so after a botched DIY vajazzle – body art popularised by The Only Way Is Essex beautican Amy Childs.