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.

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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.