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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."
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.
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.”