The Guardian, February 16th 2004, p.3
Newly released government figures show that over half of incapacity benefit claimants are overweight. Many suffer from diseases such as diabetes which have been linked to obesity. They receive, on average, a benefit of £78.85 a week, leading to an annual bill of £3.6bn.
The Guardian, February 19th 2004, p.6
The Conservatives are looking at ways of financially supporting mothers of young children who choose to stay at home to look after them. Ideas include introduction of a family home care allowance, raising child benefit, or introducing transferable tax allowances.