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Tories to get tough on teenage mums

MOTHER AND CHILD: Conservative MPs recommended 'radical' reforms to benefits helping teenage parents

MEMBERS OF the Conservative Party are urging David Cameron to bring in tougher conditions on housing benefit for teenage mothers.

They suggest that teenagers with babies should be supported by their parents or given supervised hostels rather than money to live independently.

The call came from a group of 40 MPs within the party from seats with the thinnest majorities - they were commissioned to make a policy report of national issues.

The Tory MPs admitted their proposals on benefits for teenage mothers were "controversial", but they said a "more radical approach" was needed to get pregnancy rates down.

Claiming the current system has led some young people to think, that they had an automatic right to free housing if they got pregnant, therefore "encouraging them to have a child".

Proposals made are among dozens featured that are due to be published.

The report has taken a year to compile, covering a diverse range of policy areas including an election promise to cap the number of non-EU foreign students allowed into some UK universities.

They said: "While Britain undoubtedly benefits from foreign students we must not forget that they are also consumers of housing, the NHS, transport and other national infrastructure".

But the limit will not apply to the top universities.

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