30stone mum: "I"m too fat to work … even though I"m married to a fitness instructor". Wendy Phillips talks to Closer magazine


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'I'm married to a fitness instructor… but I'm too fat to work!' 30st mother has claimed 30,000 in sickness benefitsWendy Phillips admits to spending two decades eating junk foodMother-of-three claimed benefits since leaving care home job five years agoHusband Sean is qualified gym instructor and said to be 'disappointed''I was greedy and ate too many sausage rolls' says Wendy who wants gastric band surgery to cut life-threatening BMI of 76.8 By Toni Jones PUBLISHED: 00:02 GMT, 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 13 March 2013 They say opposites attract.

Family to be charged 650 a year by council for keeping seven-year-old daughter"s bedroom as a shrine after she died of cancer


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Family to be charged 650 a year by council for keeping seven-year-old daughter's bedroom as a shrine after she died of cancerAshes of Becky Bell have been kept in her bedroom – left exactly as it was when she lost her battle with brain cancer in January 2012Parents Julie and Mark have been told it is now a 'spare room' and that they must pay 56 a month from AprilUnder new plans social housing tenants will face 'bedroom tax' if they are under-occupying their houses .

Future generations of pensioners will get state pension but no extra benefits, Iain Duncan Smith warns


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Future generations of pensioners should get state pension but no extra benefits, Iain Duncan Smith warnsWork and Pensions Secretary insists handouts like winter fuel allowance and TV licence are safe for current pensionersBut 'next generation' will be encouraged to save to remove 'any extra dependence on the state'Coalition plans single-tier pension of around 155-a-weekLinking state pension age to life expectancy 'will mean working until 70' By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 8 January 2013 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pictured arriving at Number 10 yesterday, said coalition reforms mean future generations would only need the state pension The next generation of pensioners should not need to receive extra benefits like free TV licences and help with heating bills, Iain Duncan Smith suggested today.

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


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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.

Benefits Britain: UK leads the world in doling out disability cash spending twice as much as the U.S. and six times as much as Japan


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Britain leads the world in handing out disability cash: Nation spends twice as much as U.S. and six times as much as JapanDisability benefits cost British taxpayers more than 13 billion per yearBritain spends 2.4 per cent of GDP on disability benefits | UPDATED: 01:16 GMT, 27 December 2012 Disability spending: Britain spends more than any other country in the world on disability benefits Disability benefits are costing Britain more than almost any other western country

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


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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

Drinking beer: Can it really stave off a cold?


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Cheers! Could drinking beer really stave off a winter cold Humulone, the bitter-tasting chemical compound found in hops, is said to be effective against cold and flu virus Now, a Japanese beer company plans to create humulone-containing food and non-alcoholic beverages | UPDATED: 17:57 GMT, 12 December 2012 You'd be forgiven for thinking a steaming hot toddy is the best remedy for a cold, but according to new research it's lager you should be knocking back to beat the dreaded lurgy. A new Japanese study suggests that a key ingredient found in beer may help to warn off the winter sniffles. Researchers at Sapporo Medical University found that humulone, a chemical compound in hops, was effective against the respiratory syncytial (RS) virus and was found to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Patients at high risk of cancer could be told to take aspirin: Taking tablet regularly "can cut risk of developing disease by a third"


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Patients at high risk of cancer could be told to take aspirin: Taking tablet regularly 'can cut risk of developing disease by a third' | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 12 December 2012 Professor Sir Mike Richards said that the odds of survival for lung cancer have'barely been improving' over the last five years Patients at high risk of developing cancer could be prescribed regular doses of aspirin under plans to tackle the rising number of cases. There is widespread evidence that taking the painkiller on a daily basis can cut the chances of developing the illness by up to a third

Paula Carlton: The 100,000 benefit fraudster living with Duke of Wellington"s descendant


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Duke of Wellington's descendant saves his benefits cheat lover from jail after paying back 100,000 she stole with Coutts cheque from trust fund Paula Carlton claimed 107,705 over a 10 year period Her aristocratic partner Richard Wellesley has paid back her benefits bill She was living with Wellington's great-great-great-great grand nephewMother claimed Richard Wellesley was her landlord but he is her lover | UPDATED: 13:44 GMT, 7 December 2012 A wealthy descendent of the Duke of Wellington saved his lover from prison today – by paying back the 100,000 of benefits she fiddled using money from his own trust fund. Cheating Paula Carton, 49, illegally claimed 100,000 of benefits as a single mother while she was in a relationship with aristocrat Richard Wellesley

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


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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