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Osborne's £10bn benefits cut

The Government is to press ahead with plans to slash an extra £10 billion from the welfare budget by 2016-17, the Chancellor has said in his speech to the Conservative party conference.

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Charity warning over benefit changes

Ahead of George Osborne's speech Fiona Weir, chief executive of single parent charity Gingerbread said:

This announcement comes at a time when families are already struggling, and risks plunging even more children into poverty.

It's vital that we separate fact from fiction: the vast majority of people who receive Government support do so because they can't earn enough to support their families, or even find a job in the first place. Rather than taking support away from those who need it the most, the Government must instead focus on creating more jobs and making work pay for everyone.

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