The Voice that faded to just a whisper: As BBC show returns, 2012 winner revealed to have no album, no tours and a flop single…Leanne Mitchell, 29, failed to enter the top 40 with her first singleManagement suggested she has been reluctant to engage in publicity Lack of success calls into question show's credibility as springboardJudge Tom Jones accused her record label of mismanaging her careerMiss Mitchell soon to release an autobiography called Finding My Voice Will.i.am said: ‘The best artist does not always get the most votes’ -winner-revealed-album-tours-flop-single-.html” } }); Mismanagement: Sir Tom Jones, who mentored Miss Mitchell to victory last year, accused her record label, Universal Music, of mismanaging her career Some of last year’s runners-up, including Tyler James (left) and Bo Bruce (right), have enjoyed more success Perhaps surprisingly, given her young age and lack of starting career success, the singer will release an autobiography, entitled Finding My Voice, on April 18. A source on the BBC show said: ‘Leanne’s trajectory since The Voice has been a disappointment. She has not been the best advert for the show.’ Some of last year’s runners-up appear to have achieved far more
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
Future generations of pensioners should get state pension but no extra benefits, Iain Duncan Smith warnsWork and Pensions Secretary insists handouts like winter fuel allowance and TV licence are safe for current pensionersBut 'next generation' will be encouraged to save to remove 'any extra dependence on the state'Coalition plans single-tier pension of around 155-a-weekLinking state pension age to life expectancy 'will mean working until 70' By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 09:11 GMT, 8 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:32 GMT, 8 January 2013 Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pictured arriving at Number 10 yesterday, said coalition reforms mean future generations would only need the state pension The next generation of pensioners should not need to receive extra benefits like free TV licences and help with heating bills, Iain Duncan Smith suggested today.
Minister pleads with Treasury to 'get on with' elderly care reform amid calls to cut fuel bill help for 80% of pensioners Care minister Norman Lamb tells MailOnline the issue of how to fund care for ageing population must be removed from the 'long grass Think tank report by ex-minister Paul Burstow calls for 10million pensioners to lose winter fuel allowance to pay for cap on care bills But campaigners say it would penalise those who saved for their old age there were 2.06million people claiming Pension Credit.
'Well-off pensioners should donate winter fuel allowance to charity', says government minister Charities Minister Nick Hurd says he would welcome decision by pensioners to give money away | UPDATED: 09:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Well-off pensioners who do not need their winter fuel allowance should donate the money to charity, a government minister has said. Charities Minister Nick Hurd said he would congratulate any pensioner who chose to give away the allowance to good causes. The benefit is worth 200 for pensioner households and 300 for those over 80