Benefits could be limited to buying bare essentials as Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of giving claimants cash

Benefits could be limited to buying bare essentials as Iain Duncan Smith warns of dangers of giving claimants cash Work and Pensions Secretary is examining how a 'welfare card' to limit how handouts are spent could work in practiceGovernment launches website to find work for jobless while they sleepLabour vows to oppose 1% cap on benefits rises By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 02:07 GMT, 21 December 2012 Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said he was looking at how a 'welfare card' would work in practice Welfare claimants may soon be given credits on a card instead of cash to stop them buying alcohol or drugs with taxpayer money. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said yesterday: ‘For somebody who has a history of drug addiction, giving cash sometimes can lead to further problems.’ Tory backbencher Alec Shelbrooke recently suggested a Bill to stop all claimants buying anything with payments other than essentials such as food, clothing, energy, travel and housing