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
Labour refuses to back 1% cap on benefits rises but minister insists the era of the 'generous' welfare state is over Pensions minister Steve Webb warns the state of the nation's finances means 'difficult decisions' had to be made George Osborne used the Autumn Statement to say rises in working age benefits will be capped at 1 per cent from April 2013 Chancellor said the cap would be enshrined in law – forcing Labour to decide whether to oppose limits which polls indicate will be welcomed by the public By Matt Chorley and Tim Shipman PUBLISHED: 00:11 GMT, 6 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:00 GMT, 7 December 2012 ‘ Lib Dem pensions minister Steve Webb said the state of the public finances meant benefits could not be as 'generous' as they were in the past Labour is refusing to back the unprecedented cuts to welfare benefits outlined by George Osborne in his Autumn Statement. Ministers have insisted that Britain can no longer afford the ‘generous’ handouts of the past, but in its verdict on the statement, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that its effect will be to take from the poor and give to the middle.