Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handouts

Britain spending more on benefits than Scandinavians with 7 out of 10 children living in a home receiving handoutsAround 2.1 million children live in a home where no adult is workingLess-well off have become enslaved to state benefits, study says | UPDATED: 22:10 GMT, 21 December 2012 Britain pays out more on welfare than high spending social democratic nations in Scandinavia, according to a think-tank. Nearly seven out of ten children now live in a home that receives at least one cash handout other than child benefit, says the hard-hitting study by the Institute for Economic Affairs. And some 17 per cent of children – around 2.1 million – live in a home where no adult is working ‘easily the highest rate in Europe’.

Cabinet ministers fighting "like rats in a sack" in blame game about lack of growth

Cabinet ministers fighting 'like rats in a sack' in blame game about lack of growth David Cameron and George Osborne single out ministers at Cabinet meeting for not focusing on jobs and growthDepartments for culture, business, environment and communities among those singled outLabour leader Ed Miliband says ministers are fighting 'like rats in a sack' Chancellor is under pressure ahead of Autumn Statement next week with growth forecasts making grim reading | UPDATED: 14:26 GMT, 28 November 2012 Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement to the Commons on Wednesday Senior Cabinet ministers are embroiled in a blame game over who is responsible for the lack of economic growth.