Chancellor George Osborne
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Osborne - Philpott case raises questions on welfare system

George Osborne said the case of Mick and Mairead Philpott raised questions about the welfare system.

The couple - who lived on substantial benefits payments - were jailed for killing their six children in a house fire in Derby.

Asked on a visit to the city whether Mick Philpott was a "vile product" of the benefit system, the Chancellor said a debate was needed on the welfare state subsidising a lifestyle such as Philpott's.

  • 04 Apr 2013
  • From the section UK
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