Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has insisted that “all those on benefits will still see cash increases in every year of this Parliament”.
Amidst criticism of welfare cutbacks due to kick in next month, Duncan Smith told the Daily Telegraph: “ If you listen to what I am saying, you will understand the reality is that this country is not cutting welfare, it is managing the growth at a lower level.”
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