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Friday 6 April 2012

BBC Radio 5 Live: Matthew Sinclair discussed proposals to limit Housing Benefit for people in their early twenties with callers and presenter Stephen Nolan

Daily Mail: The Costa del Dole: £1m-a-year bill for jobless who go off to the sun and still get their handouts

“Emma Boon of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘Many taxpayers can’t afford a holiday right now so it will seem strange to them that the Department for Work and Pensions is handing out jobseekers’ allowance to those living abroad.

‘There must be safeguards in place to ensure that people don’t exploit the system, using rules intended to allow people to look for work abroad as an excuse to take a foreign break on taxpayers’ money.

‘The welfare system is there to help those in Britain who are in genuine need and should only be paid to people living elsewhere when someone has built up a genuine and fair entitlement over time.’”

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Daily Mail: Jobless Young people could be forced to live with their parents and denied housing benefits to cut welfare costs

Emma Boon, campaign director of the TaxPayer’s Alliance told the Daily Express: ‘It will be hard to tell whether or not a young person has somewhere else appropriate to live.

‘However, in principle it is a good idea. It is right that jobseekers who have some accommodation don’t live at taxpayer’s expense.’

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Express.co.uk: Young jobless told ‘live with Mum’

“Emma Boon, campaign director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It will be hard to tell whether or not a young person has somewhere else appropriate where they can live.

“However, in principle it is a good idea. It is right that jobseekers who have some accommodation don’t live at taxpayers’ expense.’”

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Express.co.uk: £100k cost of BBC chat to terror suspect

“Jonathan Isaby, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Babar Ahmad’s extradition was approved more than six years ago. The system needs to be overhauled so these costly delays become a thing of the past.””

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