One million people who are fit-to-work have been on benefits for three years


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Revealed: The one million people who are fit-to-work but have been on benefits for three years 4 out of 10 work-related benefits claimed by long-term unemployed Iain Duncan Smith releases report which includes the damning figuresMinisters under fire for capping benefits at 26,000 a year per household Study found a third of all children are not living with both birth parents , there were 2.3 million claims for benefits that indicate a capacity for work or work-related activity. ‘One million of those were from people who had been claiming one or more of the main working-age benefits for at least three out of the preceding four years.’ According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, social security spending will rise from 180billion this year to nearly 198billion in 2017/18

Are you in drink denial? Half of adults down too much alcohol yet barely a quarter admit doing so


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Are you in drink denial Half of adults down too much alcohol yet barely a quarter ADMIT doing soFemale binge drinker drinks six units at least one day a week A male binge drinker consumes eight units at least one day a week80 per cent of women and 75 per cent of men who often drink alcohol are classified as binge drinkers, study finds By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 00:15 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:00 GMT, 27 February 2013 A unit is a small glass of wine, half a pint of lager or a measure of spirits Millions of adults fool themselves into thinking they are modest drinkers when they down enough to be classed as ‘bingers’, a study suggests. It found a huge mismatch between the amount of alcohol we say we are consuming and what is actually being bought

New "alcohol busting" drug that sobers you up in seconds being developed


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I'll drink to that! New 'alcohol busting' drug that sobers you up in seconds being developed by MIT scientists By Helen Pow PUBLISHED: 23:26 GMT, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:40 GMT, 18 February 2013 Party animals could soon be able to sober up in an instant just by popping a pill. Researchers have developed a cocktail of alcohol metabolizing enzymes that speedily reduces blood alcohol levels in drunk mice. The treatment, which has been compared to having 'millions of liver cells inside your stomach,' could have far-reaching implications for drinkers.

Heartbroken Native American mom and dad to bury their brood – FIVE children all under 10 – during single, tragic funeral this week following shocking…


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Heartbroken Native American mom and dad to bury their brood – FIVE children all under 10 – during single, tragic funeral this week following shocking Mississippi car accident Incident occurred Saturday, shortly after midnight on County Rd. 107 Six die after SUV plunges into rain-swollen creek Mom and dad survive accident, only to face heartbreak of losing five kids Father, who drove Dodge Durango, remains hospitalized Alcohol testing results to be released same day as funeral 'This accident is not weather-related at all,' says sheriff Vehicle's nine occupants are Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians | UPDATED: 23:34 GMT, 30 December 2012 Unthinkable tragedy: Among the dead was Dianne Chickaway, 37, whose husband, Dale, survived the horrific crash that, in all, killed six people The heartbroken mother and father of the five Native Americans – all under 10 years old – killed in a Mississippi car accident Saturday will bury their brood during a single, tragic funeral this week

Mother banned from driving after going to pick children up from school after drinking a bottle of vodka


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Mother banned from driving after going to pick children up from school after drinking a bottle of vodkaPolice found her sprawled across the sofa at home with the children missingThe mother-of-three was three times over the legal drink driving limitShe admitted drink driving and child cruelty and was banned from the roads | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 27 December 2012 A mother who downed a bottle of vodka and drove to pick up her children from school while three times the legal limit has been banned from the roads. A member of staff at the primary school called the police when the woman arrived reeking of alcohol. Officers and social workers visited the mother-of-three at home later that day and found the children – aged three to seven – were missing and her sprawled across the sofa

Bulgaria"s bizarre "advert" to tax exile Gerard Depardieu


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We have cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes': Bulgaria’s bizarre ‘advert’ to tax exile Gerard Depardieu Letter sent to French stars from Bulgarian policy centreClaims payment of taxes is 'optional' and there is 'possibility to drain as much as you wish from the tax system'Depardieu and Bernard Arnault are the latest in a flood of super-rich French fleeing President Francois Hollande's socialist tax rises | UPDATED: 18:36 GMT, 27 December 2012 Bulgaria has invited French tax exiles Gerard Depardieu and Bernard Arnault to become Bulgarian citizens with the promise of 'cheap alcohol, concrete beach resorts and experienced prostitutes'. The cheeky letter from Bulgaria's Demographic Policy Centre was sent to the famous film star and France's richest man as a protest against the mass emigration from the cash-strapped eastern European state. Depardieu, 64, and Arnault, 63, both recently announced they were fleeing to Belgium to dodge France's new massive tax hike on the rich of 75 per cent on all earnings over one million euros

Cabinet in revolt over Camerons alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose unfair tax on the poor


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Cabinet in revolt over Cameron’s alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose ‘unfair tax on the poor’Plan to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit branded 'illiberal'Opposition grew when study showed poorest 20% would bear half price hike, paying an extra 318million a year for alcohol Wealthiest 20% would pay an extra 7m and richest 10% would pay nothing | UPDATED: 20:12 GMT, 16 December 2012 A bid to end Britain’s binge drinking culture by imposing a price hike on alcohol has been hit by a Cabinet revolt. Senior Tories and Liberal Democrats have united to oppose the minimum pricing proposals, condemning it as an ‘unfair tax on the poor’. Ministers critical of the plan, backed by David Cameron, to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit said it was ‘illiberal’ and would punish responsible but cash-strapped drinkers.

Boarding school teacher three times the drink-drive limit said she didn"t know there were spirits in mulled wine… despite being the…


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Boarding school teacher three times the drink-drive limit claimed she had just two glasses of mulled wine… without realising it had spirits in it Sarah Ramoth, 41, also blamed failed breath test on accidentally swallowing mouthwashThe head of chemistry is now having a report compiled on her claims | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 13 December 2012 'Two glasses': Sarah Ramoth, 41, told Harrogate Magistrates Court she was over the limit because she hadn't known her mulled wine had spirits in it A chemistry teacher who was almost three times the drink-drive limit today blamed two glasses of mulled wine and mouthwash for her high reading. Sarah Ramoth, 41, head of chemistry at upmarket independent school Harrogate Ladies' College, told the court that her mulled wine had turned out to have spirits in it

Family of cancer victim refused life insurance payout because he didn"t disclose PINS AND NEEDLES


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Family of cancer victim refused life insurance payout because he didn't disclose PINS AND NEEDLES Nic Hughes died from cancer of the gall bladder leaving wife and young twins Insurance company Friends Life refused to honour his critical illness policySaid he had not disclosed 'reduce alcohol' advice or pins and needles painBut doctors said he drank within correct limits and pains were not relevant Friends say insurer's decision are 'morally repugnant' and started campaign | UPDATED: 21:54 GMT, 12 December 2012 The family of a man who died from cancer will not receive their insurance payout – because he didn’t declare he had pins and needles. Nic Hughes, 44, died in October after battling cancer of the gall bladder leaving his wife Susannah Hancock, 44, and twin eight-year-old son and daughter. But insurance company Friends Life have refused to honour Mr Hughes’ critical illness policy saying he did not give full disclosure of his health.