The battle lines have been drawn as the Government tries to cut the welfare bill.
It comes just days before a crucial vote aimed at capping working-age benefits by 1% over the next few years - that would amount to a cut in real terms.
The problem for the Government is that recent polls show they may not have the public on their side. Could that be why the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has published these figures?
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