IDS: No one will be adversely affected by benefit reform

No-one will be negatively affected by delays to the Government's attempts to simplify the benefits system, with Universal Credit, the Work and Pensions Secretary has claimed.

Responding to a question from shadow work and pensions minister Chris Bryant, Iain Duncan Smith said: "Let me just say to you, a lot of sound and fury signify absolutely nothing.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

He went on: "Not one person will be adversely affected by the change we made. Universal Credit will deliver maximum benefits to the British public".

Universal Credit is due to replace a range of means-tested benefits in four years' time although the programme had to be "reset" earlier this year amid concerns over delays and IT issues.