Cameron promises anti-booze bracelets, Christmas dinner now cheaper than a sandwich, Sarah Beeny calls for tax breaks on multi-generation living

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Cameron promises anti-booze bracelets, Christmas dinner now cheaper than a sandwich, Sarah Beeny calls for tax breaks on multi-generation living
17th November 2014

Cameron promises anti-booze bracelets if re-elected 

David Cameron has announced that he will grant judges power to use alcohol abstinence orders if the Conservatives are re-elected in 2015. 

With police saying up to ninety per cent of night-time arrests are linked to excessive drinking, the measure could mean those convicted of criminal damage or common assault would be made to wear a “sobriety bracelet” for four months, instead of going to prison. 

The electronic tag, which would be worn around the ankle, would test sweat for alcohol for up to 120 days. Data would be transmitted to a base station where it would be monitored by officials. 

Those who break their alcohol ban would face a ban or even a custodial sentence. 

Similar bracelets are already used in the United States. 

Supermarket wars mean Christmas dinner now cheaper than a sandwich

The cost of a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings has dropped to an average of just £2.66 a head, according to Good Housekeeping magazine. 

A turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, four types of vegetable and three types of pudding can be picked up for just £21.31 for shoppers who look around, meaning a meal for eight comes in at just £2.66. This is 3% less than 2013 - and 64p cheaper than a Christmas turkey sandwich from Marks and Spencer. 

The best value turkey was £9.99, found at Lidl. 

Sarah Beeny calls for tax-breaks for families living together 

Television presenter and property guru Sarah Beeny has called for three generations of families living together under one roof to be granted tax breaks by the government. 

She said “mutli-generation living” would help avert a social care “disaster” as it would mean family members could better care for elderly relatives at home.

Beeny said it would also help burst the property bubble it would free up more homes, creating more space elsewhere and hence pushing down prices. 

She told the Mail Online "at the moment we have got a disaster waiting to happen with the cost of looking after older people" and argued multi-generational living "encourages generations to look out for each other. It should be our mantra going forwards – let’s try to fix the whole concept of family responsibility."

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