Benefit reform poverty threat

The Work and Pensions Secretary has unveiled plans to tackle the issue of young people in poverty.

But Save the Children claims reforms to the welfare system could push 250,000 children of working single parents deeper below the line.

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Duncan Smith to announce changes in dealing with poverty

Iain Duncan Smith will outline a major change in the way the government tackles poverty today Credit: PA

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will call for a major shift in resources to tackle the root causes of poverty and social breakdown.

Launching his social justice strategy paper, Mr Duncan Smith will call for an end to spending "dysfunctional money" on problem families which only deals with short-term difficulties.

Instead he is expected to say that councils and government agencies should focus on early interventions to help people turn their lives around before their problems get out of hand.

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