Reforms 'not cutting welfare'

Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that the controversial benefit reforms due to come in next week will not cut Britain's benefit bill.

Labour: Iain Duncan Smith 'is failing'

Liam Byrne said Iain Duncan Smith is "failing" and has "broken every promise he has made."
Liam Byrne said Iain Duncan Smith is "failing" and has "broken every promise he has made." Credit: Press Association

Labour's Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions secretary, accused Iain Duncan Smith of "failing" and of breaking "every promise he's made." He told ITV News:

"Iain Duncan Smith is failing. His Work Programme is worse than doing nothing, universal credit is descending into universal chaos and half way through the parliament unemployment is up not down and so is the benefits bill.

He's broken every promise he's made. He's running out of excuses and the country is running out of patience."

Report: Welfare reforms are changing behaviour

Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that the government has failed to cut welfare. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The government is due to publish figures next week showing that Iain Duncan Smith’s benefits cap is “changing behaviour”, reports the Daily Mail.

Senior sources told the newspaper there had been a “dramatic” drop in the number of families due to be affected by the cap, which comes into force on April 15.

The government’s original assessment was that 67,000 households would be affected by the cap in 2013-14, rising to 75,000 in 2014-15.

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IDS: The reality is that this country is not cutting welfare

Iain Duncan Smith admits out-of-work benefits were not being cut. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has insisted that “all those on benefits will still see cash increases in every year of this Parliament”.

Amidst criticism of welfare cutbacks due to kick in next month, Duncan Smith told the Daily Telegraph: “ If you listen to what I am saying, you will understand the reality is that this country is not cutting welfare, it is managing the growth at a lower level.”