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Tory welfare reforms combine carrot and stick

Tough new sanctions for jobless people who refuse to accept a job were announced by Iain Duncan Smith as he promised to sweep away the "complex, outdated and wildly expensive" benefits system.

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Why you have to dig deep to grow your own

For the army of grow-your-own devotees, it is a moment of triumph that makes months of labour worthwhile – the harvest of a clutch of muddy carrots. That sense of green-fingered pride may fade rapidly, however, with the knowledge that it has been achieved at 15 times the cost of buying the same vegetables in a supermarket.