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

Benefits rising twice as fast as salaries: Payments to unemployed jumped by 20% in five years

Benefits rising twice as fast as salaries: Payments to unemployed jump by 20% in five yearsJobseeker's Allowance up 20 per cent from 59.15 a week in 2007/08 to 71In the same five-year period wages only rose by 12 per cent Iana Duncan Smith said the system is not fair on workers By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 00:01 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 GMT, 2 January 2013 Welfare handouts to those languishing on the dole have risen almost twice as fast as average wages over the past five years.

Abu Qatada"s new 450,000 four bedroom home – paid for by you

Hate preacher Abu Qatada's new 450,000 four bedroom home – paid for by you The owner of his new rented home said she will try to evict himGovernment confirm Qatada has so far received more than 500,000 in legal aid | UPDATED: 12:06 GMT, 16 December 2012 Radical preacher Abu Qatada has moved into a new taxpayer-funded house worth 450,000 near to a church – and the furious owner wants him out. The fanatical Muslim, who preached hate sermons towards the West – arrived in the leafy suburb of North-West London last week

"He can dish it out but he can"t take it": David Cameron accuses Ed Balls of being a bully in benefits rise row

'He can dish it out but he can't take it': David Cameron accuses Ed Balls of being a bully in benefits rise rowDavid Cameron hits back at heckles from the shadow chancellor during Prime Minister's QuestionsInsults hurled over plan to cap benefits at 1% for the next three yearsEd Miliband says people affected include those cleaning George Osborne's office while he is still in bed | UPDATED: 15:17 GMT, 12 December 2012 David Cameron today accused Ed Balls of being a bully who ‘can dish it out but he can't take it’ as insults were thrown in a Commons row over government plans to limit rises in benefits to 1 per cent a year.

Unemployed single mother on benefits who spends 2,000 on Christmas with 20 presents for each of her children

Unemployed single mother on benefits who spends 2,000 on Christmas with 20 presents for each of her childrenLeanna Broderick plans to give children designer outfits, iPads and jewellery The 20-year-old has never worked and claims nearly 15,500 a year Claims she is better off on benefits and last year saved 2,500Said there was 'no point' getting minimum wage job and paying for childcare | UPDATED: 01:30 GMT, 11 December 2012 While many families are worrying about how to afford Christmas this year, one jobless single mother has revealed she receives so much in benefits she has 2,000 to spend on designer gifts, clothes and partying. Mother-of-two Leanna Broderick plans to buy 20 presents for each of her children, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren outfits, iPads and gold jewellery. The 20-year-old, who has never worked, claims nearly 15,500 a year in state handouts