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

BREAKING NEWS: Eight dead and 38 injured in horror bus crash close to Los Angeles

BREAKING NEWS: Eight dead and 38 injured in horror bus crash close to Los AngelesSmash happened on State Route 38 near Forest Falls, 80 miles east of LABus driver reported brake problems as he came down mountain roadVehicle carrying tourists hit sedan before smashing into pick-up truckPassengers were returning from a day of skiiing at popular Big Bear resort By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 07:02 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:25 GMT, 4 February 2013 At least eight people are dead and 38 more injured after a tour bus collided with two other vehicles in the mountains of Southern California. The horrific crash happened near the town of Forest Falls, 80 miles east of Los Angeles, and also involved a pick-up truck pulling a trailer and a sedan car

Six men in India arrested after ANOTHER brutal gang rape of a woman bus passenger

Six men in India arrested after ANOTHER brutal gang rape of a woman bus passenger Attack comes just weeks after the brutal gang rape and murder of a student on a bus travelling through New DelhiLatest victim was abducted Friday night and driven to a secluded spot where seven men took turns to rape her, police said She was dumped near her in-laws village the next morning, where she reported the crime to policeLocal reports claim accused have already confessed to the crime in preliminary interrogations – a seventh suspect remains at large , after the cremation ceremony for the victim of the December 16 gang rape” class=”blkBorder” /> Baying for blood: Members of India's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) take part in a candlelight march in Amritsar on December 30, 2012, after the cremation ceremony for the victim of the December 16 gang rape Protesters across India have called for the police to be more vigilant and sensitive to the growing incidence of sexual assault against women, after details emerged of the New Delhi attack. Police and prosecutors have outlined how the alleged rapists picked up the woman and her male companion in a school bus which they had taken for a joyride after drinking heavily. The bus would have had to cross numerous police checkpoints at that time of night but at no stage was the vehicle pulled over by officers

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

"Despicable" blonde stole purse from collapsed pensioner"s handbag at Ringwood bus station

‘Despicable’ blonde stole purse from collapsed pensioner’s handbag at bus stop Man and woman targeted 70-year-old lying unconscious on floor at Ringwood bus station, Hampshire Pair stole purse while others rushed to help herCredit card later used to put 50 on a mobile phone | UPDATED: 10:05 GMT, 28 November 2012 These are the two 'despicable' thieves who robbed an elderly woman as she lay passed out at a bus stop. The 70-year-old had collapsed as she was waiting at the shelter in Ringwood, Hampshire