The spokeswoman insisted the reforms would improve the lives of some of the poorest families by "promoting work and helping people lift themselves out of poverty."
Our reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities by promoting work and helping people to lift themselves out of poverty.
Universal Credit will make three million households better off and lift up to 300,000 children out of poverty.
There are a lot of misleading stories about our reforms, but the truth is that we spend £94 billion a year on working age benefits and the welfare system supports millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed so they can meet their basic needs.
A generation of youngsters are "paying the price" for the Government's austerity measures, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned.
Maggie Atkinson said the poorest families were being hit by welfare cuts, but children were also affected by library closures and reductions in spending on leisure facilities.
In an interview with Total Politics magazine the commissioner said local government cuts had also hit after-school and holiday clubs for children.
She said: "There are children now who are paying the price in England, not only for the reduction in welfare spending, but in libraries, in leisure facilities, in early intervention, in after-school clubs or holiday clubs.
"All of those things have been under such severe pressure in local government that many of them have stopped doing them."