MP: Ban claimants from buying booze

Press Association
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Benefits claimants should be banned from spending their state handouts on cigarettes and booze, a Tory MP has controversially claimed.


Alec Shelbrooke told the Commons those receiving payments should be given a welfare card which would work like a chip and pin debit card. But crucially it would not work if claimants tried to use it buy alcohol and cigarettes, he said.
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