120,000 troubled families could be legally banned from spending benefits on alcohol and tobacco


We all know the local Asian shopkeeper will cash this card for a couple of quid *lol*

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By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent
Last Updated:

9:01AM BST 13/10/2012

Troubled families living on benefits will be legally barred from spending welfare money on alcohol and tobacco, under plans being drawn up in Whitehall.

Iain Duncan Smith has asked his officials to see if so-called “problemfamilies should receive their welfare payments on smart cards, rather than in cash.

The cards would only be able to pay for “priority” items such as food, housing, clothing, education and health care.

The Work and Pensions secretary wants to stop parents who are alcoholics or who are on drugs from using welfare payments to fuel their addictions.

The team of civil servants in his department have been asked to come up with proposals by the end of this month.

However the Government cannot currently stipulate how people spend their benefits money and the law would need to be changed to do so…

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