Work Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said he plans to trial pre-paid cards for some benefits claimants:
Work Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that the government will accelerate the delivery of Universal Credit from next year, rolling it out across the country in 2015-16.
"I promise you we are going to finish what we started," he told delegates at the Conservative party conference.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said he supports the Government's position against military involvement in Iraq.
He told Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship that we face "very different circumstances" than during the Iraq War, of which he was a strong supporter.
The Government's Universal Credit programme will roll out across more JobCentres from the beginning of next week.
The new payment, which combines six means-tested benefits and tax credits into one benefit, will be expanded across the north-west of England.
The latest figures show that up to March of this year, 6,550 people had claimed Universal Credit.
The BBC is systematically “downgrading” David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, leaving most voters ignorant of the Prime Minister’s radical plans, Iain Duncan Smith has said. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he added:
The broadcaster's executives take the view that "we've done that" and the policy does not need explaining.
The British people use the BBC more than anything else to find out what's going on in politics. When was the last time you really heard this?
David Cameron knows he must deliver "significant return of powers" from the EU to win the support of Tory colleagues in a referendum on British membership, Iain Duncan Smith has indicated.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said the Prime Minister was clear he could not "come back with nothing" from a mooted renegotiation after the general election.
He also lashed out at the BBC for failing to give enough prominence to Mr Cameron's promise of an in-out vote in 2017.
Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Duncan Smith said: "I don't think the Prime Minister in any way is lost on that fact that he will need to get back some substantial and significant return of powers".
Iain Duncan Smith's universal credit scheme has been given a unique classification in an annual progress report issued by the Government.
Although many of the projects are listed as being "exempt" from publishing a green, red or amber risk (most citing the Freedom of Information Act as the reason), the universal credit scheme is the only one to be listed as "Reset".
During 2013, the Programme was reset, culminating in the revised plans announced on 5 December 2013.
The lack of transparency was highlighted by The Independent, which claimed the Major Project Authority had rated universal credit as “red”, signifying that it is “unachievable within reasonable timescales and to a reasonable budget without urgent remedial action”.
Iain Duncan Smith has successfully prevented the publication of a "damning" report into his universal credit scheme, according to The Independent.
As part of its drive to increase transparency, the Government published the progress of around 200 projects today, rating each on a risk scale of green, red or amber.
But today's Independent front page claims universal credit was "the only project not to get a rating".
The progress report represented £400bn of public spending.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will credit Chancellor George Osborne for helping to create 1.7 million jobs since the election but will add that welfare reforms have also played a part in the current level of employment.
Whilst others have questioned and puzzled over the record employment Britain is now seeing, as the Work and Pensions Secretary I have long believed that the strength of our labour market would both drive Britain's great economic recovery, and increase as a result.
First, this Government created the conditions for growth, and gave businesses the freedom and confidence to create jobs.
Second, we drove a programme of welfare reform where every change was designed to get Britain back to work - giving people previously left to languish out of work the skills and the incentive to take those jobs.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will claim that the Government's package of welfare reforms have helped "get Britain back to work".
Mr Duncan Smith will say in a speech in London that the strength of the labour market is evidence that benefit reforms are also having an impact by boosting economic activity.
He will also accuse the former Labour government of trapping people in welfare dependency and robbing them of the drive to go to work, while claiming his reforms have given jobless people the incentive to seek and take employment.
Mr Duncan Smith will say that changes to benefits have played a crucial part in "creating a stable economy matched by a strong society where people are ready and capable of work".
A raft of welfare reforms have been implemented in the last year, including the so-called "bedroom tax", the introduction of Personal Independence Payments for disabled people and the imposition of the £500-a-week benefit cap.