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Philpotts: George Osborne questions state 'lifestyle subsidy'

Chancellor George Osborne has questioned whether the state should be paying for the lifestyles of people such as Mick Philpott.

Philpott has been jailed for life after being found guilty of killing six of his children in a house fire.

He has been branded a "vile product" of the benefit system by some newspapers.

Asked about such claims, Mr Osborne said a debate was needed about whether the state should "subsidise lifestyles like that".

Vicki Young reports.

  • 04 Apr 2013
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