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Reforms 'not cutting welfare'

Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that the controversial benefit reforms due to come in next week will not cut Britain's benefit bill.

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IDS: The reality is that this country is not cutting welfare

Iain Duncan Smith admits out-of-work benefits were not being cut. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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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