Eric Pickles enjoys being butt of Chancellor's joke

Eric Pickles. Credit: PA

Eric Pickles is enjoying being the butt of a joke at his expense - "the model of lean government", George Osborne said.


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.