Iain Duncan Smith attacks 'unfair' budget in first interview since resigning

Former Work and Pensions Security accuses government of making 'arbitrary cuts' which he says damages the party and the country.

In his first interview since his shock resignation on Friday, Duncan Smith accusing David Cameron and George Osborne of balancing the books on the backs of struggling working people and the vulnerable.

In an emergency reshuffle of the Cabinet Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb was named as the new Work and Pensions Secretary.

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Downing Street: 'Fairer' welfare cap key part of election Manifesto

Downing Street say they are delivering on their manifesto pledge to cut the welfare bill. Credit: PA

Downing Street has responded to the resignation of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith saying they are delivering the welfare cap that was a key part of the Manifesto on which they were elected

We are sorry to see Iain Duncan Smith go, but we are a One Nation government determined to continue helping everyone in our society have more security and opportunity, including the most disadvantaged.

That means we will deliver our Manifesto commitments to make the welfare system fairer, cut taxes and ensure we have a stable economy by controlling welfare spending and living within our means.

– Spokesman for Number 10 Downing Street

The government pledged to stick by their plan to "deliver stability, security and opportunity for working people in our country."

Mr Duncan Smith issued a devastating attack on what he termed an "unfair" budget, accusing David Cameron and George Osborne of balancing the books on the backs of struggling working people and the vulnerable.


Iain Duncan Smith set for first post-resignation interview

The former Work and Pensions secretary is due to give his first interview since he quit Credit: Hannah McKay/PA

Iain Duncan Smith will give his first post-resignation interview as the row over why he quit his cabinet post continues to rumble on.

Fresh fallout is expected to follow the former Work and Pensions secretary's interview on BBC One's Andrew Marr show this morning as a growing split appears to be dividing the Tories following Duncan Smith's claims that he resigned over proposed disability benefit cuts.

IDS' ex-colleague says 'he championed reforms' he quit over

Baroness Altmann was 'shocked' by IDS's reason for resigning Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Iain Duncan Smith's former colleague Baroness Altmann has slammed her old boss after he handed in his resignation over disability cuts, claiming he had in fact "championed the reforms he's resigning over".

In a series of tweets the pensions minister also stated that she had been "shocked" by the reason given for Duncan Smith's resignation and suggested he had an ulterior motive for stepping down.

How damaging is disability benefit cuts row?

As the row rumbles on about who was responsible for proposed disability benefit cuts that have now been dropped, the question many are asking is how damaging will this situation be to the government?

According to ITV's Political Editor Robert Peston the situation could be very damaging, here he explains why:

Corbyn: Iain Duncan Smith 'hid his conscience'

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Iain Duncan Smith of "hiding his conscience" for six years, and urged his successor to U-turn on proposed cuts.

The Labour leader said former Work and Pensions Secretary Duncan Smith, who resigned last night, had presided over some "fairly appalling policies".

He added that the first task of Duncan Smith's replacement, Stephen Crabb, was to completely reinstate Personal Independence Payments.

Corbyn said his party would "hold the Government to account" over PIP, and described current availability to work tests as "appalling".

This is a man who has presided over so much, that has been so damaging to the lives of so many people with disabilities. He's taken so much away from people with disabilities.

He's suddenly found a conscience now - I wonder where the conscience has been hiding for the past six years.

– Jeremy Corbyn on Iain Duncan Smith
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