Government defends welfare overhaul

The Government has hit back at fierce criticism of its welfare reforms as sweeping changes, affecting many benefits and taxes, start today.

Labour has described them as immoral and inhumane, and claimed that everyone but the rich will suffer.

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith says he isn't "slashing" welfare, but making the benefit system fairer.

ITV News Reporter Sejal Karia:

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Benefit critics 'talk rubbish'

The Chancellor George Osborne has hit out at critics of the Government's benefits reform, accusing them of talking "ill-informed rubbish".