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Poll: UK divided over benefits

As major changes to disability benefits begin to come into force in the North of England today, the latest Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that the British public is deeply divided over the benefit reforms.

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Iain Duncan Smith petition handed in

Dominic Aversano delivers his petition to the Department of Work and Pensions. Credit: Sandi Sidhu/ITV News

Protesters, angry at sweeping welfare reforms, delivered a petition to the Department of Work and Pensions calling on Iain Duncan Smith to live off £53 a week for a year.

The Work and Pensions secretary claimed he could live off £53 a week if he had to but has dismissed the petition, which has 450,000 signatures, a stunt.

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