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The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said Channel 4 programme Benefits Street reflects "a culture in which people have kind of given up in some cases on the idea of legitimate work...and education as a way out of poverty and difficulty".
Speaking to ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen, he added: "The system we have created over many years as politicians has created the kind of perverse choices that people make in Benefits Street and others.
"I want to change the system so the choices they make are positive".
Cuts and freezes to benefits have made people "fear future cuts" and penalised hard-working taxpayers who have fallen on hard times, according to one union.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady also dismissed claims reforms have left people more secure as "ridiculous":
Iain Duncan Smith is expected to praise reforms to the benefits system, arguing the real success has been to "reframe the argument" away from the amount spent to the "difference it makes".
The work and pension's secretary is expected to accuse opponents to his much delayed Universal Credit of "overlooking the real question":
The cuts and sweeping reforms to the welfare system have made people feel "more secure", according to a senior Government minister.
In a speech to be given later today, work and pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith is expected to say the money saved by reforming benefits has also made people "feel more hopeful about their children's lives".
Speaking after new figures showed a fall in unemployment, and an increase in the number of people in work to more than 30 million, Mr Duncan Smith will emphasise the scale of the task the Government has set.
In a speech at a Centre for Social Justice event, the Conservative MP will accuse opponents of "angling for a return to the failed and expensive policies of the past".