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POSTED | 10:50 AM | 14-02-2015

Go on diet or lose benefits, obese Britons told

Obese people without jobs will be forced to diet or lose their benefits under plans to be set out by British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday (14 Feb 2015).

Alcoholics and drug addicts will also face being stripped of their benefits, worth about £100 a week, if they refuse to accept a recommended treatment plan.

The move is the first salvo in the Conservatives’ week focusing on welfare and is designed to capitalize on widespread public unhappiness at the scale of benefit claims.

However, it comes at the end of a difficult week for the prime minister, in which he faced accusations that the Tories are too tolerant of tax avoiders, meaning he could face unfavorable comparisons between his treatment of the wealthiest and poorest in society, said the Times of London.

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