UK minister asked to make good on welfare pledge

Photo courtesy: MGN Online
Photo courtesy: MGN Online

LONDON (AP) - A British government minister is being asked to put his money where his mouth is.

Opponents of a raft of welfare changes want the country's work and pensions secretary to make good on a claim that he could live on the 53 pounds ($80) a week that one benefits recipient says he has left over after paying for housing and heat.

By Tuesday, more than 200,000 people had signed a petition urging Duncan Smith to live as many welfare recipients do, on very little.

Duncan Smith isn't commenting on the petition, which would force him to live on 7.57 pounds ($11.43) a day in London, one of the most expensive cities on Earth.

Britain's government says the welfare changes are needed to save money and make the system fair.

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