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The Government will launch the first pilot test of a new benefit system called Universal Credit in Ashton-under-Lyne today.
It seeks to simplify the existing system by combining six benefits into one, but opponents say it is misleading.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has defended Universal Credit's system of monthly payments, saying the reform was about "changing people."
He told Radio 4's Today programme:
But Mr Duncan Smith said he would work with local councils to make sure the vulnerable do not go on to monthly payments immediately.
Liam Byrne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has said that Universal Credit is a “kick in the teeth for workers."
He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:
Mr Byrne also warned that the payment of the benefit in one go at the end of the month could mean families get "pushed under".
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that Universal Credit will be rolled out gradually "to ensure that as we go along we rectify any issues we discover."
He added: "In the old days, under the last government, we had the big bang process. Those days are gone. We need to do this carefully."
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that Universal Credit "will get people over the threshold and back into work."
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