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Poor pay up for less.

Britain's poorest are paying a higher share of the total tax burden but getting a lower proportion of Government benefits than when Labour came to power, according to a study.

The worst-off fifth of households contributed 6.8% of the total tax take in 1996-7, but by 2004-5 this had risen to 6.9%, the right-leaning Centre for Policy Studies found.

Their share of benefits dropped from 28.1% to 27.1% over the same period.

Overall, they would have been pounds 531 a year better off if the systems had remained the way they were before Gordon Brown became Chancellor.

Grim legacy

ADULT children of alcoholics are at an increased risk of becoming addicts and continuing the cycle of abuse themselves, a new report says.

It says there are over 3.6 million adult children of alcoholics in the UK who still bear emotional scars.

As a result, this group are "three to four times" more likely to become alcoholics than the general population, and half go on to marry alcoholics.

The Suffer The Children report has been compiled by the Priory group, which is favoured by many celebrities to treat their addictions.

Clean sheet

FUNDING of political parties is far less corrupt and underhand than the public tends to think, a leading expert said yesterday.

Professor Justin Fisher, the head of politics and history at Brunel University who has been advising the Hayden Phillips Commission considering reforms in the wake of the cash-for-honours affair, said the system needed little change and rejected calls for tighter limits on election spending.

School probe

POLICE were last night continuing to hold 14 men arrested as part of an anti-terror investigation that has seen officers spend another day searching the Islamic Jameah Islamiyah secondary school near Crowborough, West Sussex.

Its vast grounds are often used at weekends as a retreat for Muslim families living in London.

It has emerged radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza ( jailed for seven years in February for a string of race hate and terror charges ( stayed there for a short period but staff asked him to leave.

The arrested men, aged from 17 to 48 years, were detained in London under the Terrorism Act 2000.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2006
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