Britain Looks At Cutting Welfare For The Obese

In Britain, people who cannot work because they are overweight or suffering addiction problems could be threatened with losing their sickness benefits if they do not accept treatment under plans due to be outlined by Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday.

The Conservatives will consider whether to reduce payments worth about £100 a week for those they consider could do more to help themselves by going on medical programs designed to make them to lose weight, stop taking drugs or give up alcohol, according to The Guardian.

The prime minister has asked professor Dame Carol Black, an adviser to the Department of Health, to examine whether it is appropriate to withhold benefits from those who refuse assistance.

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UK Could Join American Air Strikes In Iraq And Syria

A poll for The Independent showed that 50 per cent of people in Britain said that Britain should not launch airstrikes against ISIL militants, compared with 35 per cent who think it should.

David Cameron has raised the prospect of Britain joining American air strikes in Iraq and Syria, stating that he is prepared to “act immediately” without first informing MPs if national security is threatened.

The statement came as British forces flew more than nine tons of assault rifle ammunition to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Two RAF C-130 Hercules planes landed in Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq, to deliver the ammunition and hundreds of sets of body armor, helmets and sleeping bags.

Asked if he was “open to direct military participation”, Mr Cameron said: “I don’t rule anything out. I don’t think we should.” He added: “If there was a direct threat to British national interest, or indeed, as in the case with Libya when we had to act very, very rapidly to prevent a human catastrophe, the British Government must reserve the right to act immediately and to inform the House of Commons afterwards.”

He also said the Government will push through restrictions on terrorism suspects.  For example, they may force terrorist suspects to relocate from their home towns or create “exclusion zones” where they are not allowed to travel.  People returning from Iraq and Syria will also undergo a compulsory “deradicalization program”.The Prime Minister also said airlines will be prevented from landing in Britain unless they release details of all passengers on their planes.  

“Tolerance must never be confused with the passive acceptance of cultures living separate lives or people behaving in ways that run counter to our values,” Cameron said.