Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance scam

Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance and benefits scamElina Jaksone and Gagik Manucharyan exploited other immigrantsPromised to get them car insurance but lied to secure cheaper dealsCheated taxpayers out of 340,000 by failing to report earnings to HMRCSpent cash on holidays in Jamaica By Hugo Gye and Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 13:09 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 11 April 2013 An immigrant couple who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle have been jailed for what is believed to be the biggest car insurance scam of its kind in Britain. Latvian Elina Jaksone and her Cypriot partner Gagik Manucharyan raked in close to 1million by duping hundreds of innocent motorists with a ‘ghost’ insurance scheme. They offered cut-price insurance by using false details, leaving customers involved in accidents totally exposed and without any of the coverage they paid for

MPs can claim 3,750 on expenses to fly home to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the Commons

MPs can claim up to 3,750 on expenses for flying home to pay tribute to Baroness Thatcher in the Commons All 650 MPs told they can receive up to 3,750 after Parliament was recalledLabour MPs say debate could have been delayed until next week By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:55 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:50 GMT, 10 April 2013 MPs have been told they can claim up to 3,750 if they want to take part in today’s Commons tributes to Baroness Thatcher. Expenses chiefs emailed all 650 MPs to tell them they can receive the sum to cover the cost of returning from their Easter holidays.

Labour MP hints at cuts to handouts for rich pensioners: Dame Anne Begg said it would make sense to reform the welfare system

Labour MP hints at cuts to handouts for rich pensioners: Dame Anne Begg says it would make sense to reform the welfare systemPiling pressure on both David Cameron and Ed Miliband Labour politicians tend to defend the principle of universal welfare paymentsPM ruled out any move to means-test these benefits before general election By Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 02:28 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:28 GMT, 30 March 2013 A leading Labour MP has raised the prospect of cuts to pensioner benefits. Piling pressure on both David Cameron and Ed Miliband to accept reductions in handouts for wealthy pensioners, Dame Anne Begg said it would make sense to reform the welfare system so that more generous benefits are paid to fewer people

Minister Norman Lamb pleads with Treasury to "get on with" elderly care reform amid calls to cut fuel bill help for 80% of pensioners

Minister pleads with Treasury to 'get on with' elderly care reform amid calls to cut fuel bill help for 80% of pensioners Care minister Norman Lamb tells MailOnline the issue of how to fund care for ageing population must be removed from the 'long grass Think tank report by ex-minister Paul Burstow calls for 10million pensioners to lose winter fuel allowance to pay for cap on care bills But campaigners say it would penalise those who saved for their old age there were 2.06million people claiming Pension Credit.

Well-off pensioners should donate money to charity

'Well-off pensioners should donate winter fuel allowance to charity', says government minister Charities Minister Nick Hurd says he would welcome decision by pensioners to give money away | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Well-off pensioners who do not need their winter fuel allowance should donate the money to charity, a government minister has said. Charities Minister Nick Hurd said he would congratulate any pensioner who chose to give away the allowance to good causes. The benefit is worth 200 for pensioner households and 300 for those over 80

Almost 1,000 obese claimants get share of 4m a year in incapacity benefit: Two thirds have got pay-outs for more than five years

Almost 1,000 obese claimants get share of 4m a year in incapacity benefit: Two thirds have got pay-outs for more than five years | UPDATED: 23:44 GMT, 23 December 2012 Taxpayers fork out more than 4million every single year on incapacity benefit for people who are obese, figures show. Almost 1,000 people receive the hand-out for no other reason than they are grossly overweight – costing us 11,000 every single day. And two thirds of them have been languishing on the sick for more than five years

Ryanair bottom of air passenger satisfaction league table

Ryanair voted least popular short-haul airline: Passengers complain about extra charges on company's flights Irish carrier scores just 34 per cent in table compiled by WhichBest rated was Swiss with 82 per cent and several five-star ratings By Ray Massey PUBLISHED: 02:48 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 08:05 GMT, 20 December 2012 Ryanair is the least popular short-haul airline, finishing bottom of a new league-table – thanks mainly to its many add-on charges, a new survey by consumer magazine Which reveals today. The Irish low-fare carrier had an overall satisfaction score of just 34 per cent in a table compiled from Which members' votes.

Labour to vote AGAINST 1% cap on rises in benefits, saying they should rise faster than wages

Labour to vote AGAINST Osborne's 1% cap on benefits rises which would cut 3.7bn from the welfare bill | UPDATED: 17:01 GMT, 11 December 2012 Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said Labour would not support the cap because it hit working families as well as the jobless Labour is to vote against a cap on rises in benefits, imposed after handouts soared at twice the rate of wages. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls today revealed his party would oppose the 1 per cent rise planned by the government for each of the next three years.

Austerity until 2018 means spending cuts and tax rises worth 27bn, IFS warns

27bn black hole in the nation's finances: More tax rises and benefit cuts are vital after the election, say experts Institute for Fiscal Studies reveals extent of spending reductions needed to meet George Osborne's deficit targetsIf spread across Whitehall unprotected areas like defence and transport would face cuts of 16%Report also warns poorest hardest hit by 1% benefits cap for three years | UPDATED: 23:32 GMT, 6 December 2012 Ministers must find 27billion of fresh spending cuts or tax rises to plug the black hole in the nation’s finances, Britain’s leading economic think-tank revealed yesterday. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said Britain is on course for 7billion of tax rises and another 20billion in welfare cuts and spending reductions after the next election. IFS director Paul Johnson also predicted that pensioner benefits such as free bus passes and television licences, and the winter fuel allowance – which David Cameron has pledged to protect until 2015 – are almost certain to be slashed after the election

Call to strip wealthy OAPs of fuel payout: Former Tory Cabinet minister said it is "bonkers" to give rich pensioners benefits

Call to strip wealthy OAPs of fuel payout: Former Tory Cabinet minister said it is 'bonkers' to give rich pensioners benefits | UPDATED: 02:16 GMT, 28 November 2012 Austerity: Baron Patten said there would be no political backlash if George Osborne was to cut benefits for wealthy pensioners Winter fuel payments and free TV licences for well-off pensioners should be axed, a former Tory Cabinet minister said last night.