Balls warns Osborne his takeaway 'isn't marathon fuel'

The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has jokingly responded to the photo tweeted by the Chancellor of him eating a takeaway while finishing his speech on spending cuts:


George, what are you eating? That's not marathon-fuel.. RT @george_osborne Putting final touches to the speech


Mr Balls had tried to persuade George Osborne to sign up for a marathon while the pair were both on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday


Osborne curbs welfare benefits

The newly unemployed will have to wait at least seven days before they are able to sign on, under a series of changes to welfare benefits announced by the Chancellor. A new welfare cap will be set from 2015 and OAP expats face losing fuel payments.