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Iain Duncan Smith’s speech today setting out the moral mission behind his welfare reforms (his series of interventions doing this was previewed in the Spectator at the start of this year) has attracted the usual criticism from Labour for having ‘nothing to say about the cost-of-living crisis’ and a programme ‘in complete disarray’ Continue to article
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith delivers a speech on welfare reform in London Childcare minister Elizabeth Truss speaks at a Policy Exchange event in London on the quality of teaching in early years (09.15) Shadow Home O... Continue to article
Introduction (Thanks to Business for Britain for hosting.) It is a pleasure to be here…at the site of a real British success story What better setting to discuss the turnaround in our country’s fortunes. Labour’s Great Recession... Continue to article
Department for Work and Pensions press release Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith will today deliver a speech outlining how every one of his welfare reforms have, at heart, been about getting Britain back to work: supporting everyone w... Continue to article
Iain Duncan Smith said the issue of whether Culture Secretary Maria Miller should remain in the Cabinet was a question for David Cameron and Ms Miller herself. “I think this is a matter that the Prime Minister has to take consideration o... Continue to article
David Cameron has hailed the Government's tax cuts that come into effect tomorrow, saying they played a key role in delivering Conservative values. The personal allowance will rise to £10,000, which, according to Treasury analysis, will ... Continue to article
Community Links press release East London charity Community Links warns that the cumulative impact of welfare reform is failing the hardest to help and pushing people further away from employment. New qualitative research into the imp... Continue to article
Iain Duncan Smith hailed the Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ policy as a success today, telling MPs it had saved the taxpayer more than £1m a day. The Work and Pensions Secretary of State said the removal of the spare room subsidy had helped ... Continue to article
Iain Duncan Smith said the welfare cap would ensure governments were more accountable to the public. “One of two things is going to happen [if welfare spending is set to rise higher than anticipated]. Either within that capped area, you ... Continue to article
Iain Duncan Smith said he did not expect affluent people approaching retirement to blow their pension pots. "Well, let’s be clear about this. Why would somebody who has made all the effort over the years to save, putting money aside, bot... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Iain Duncan Smith is admiring a portrait of one of his ancestors on his office wall. Amid impressive oil paintings of seascapes, hangs a sketch of Admiral Adam Duncan, who defeated ... Continue to article
George Osborne said his Budget would address long-term weaknesses in the UK economy. "The message I’ll be giving in the budget is that the economic plan is working but the job is very far from done. We need to build a resilient economy a... Continue to article
A major update in the Iain Duncan Smith jargon saga has arrived thanks to his lengthy Sunday Politics interview. It seems someone may have stepped in and had a word with the Work and Pensions Secretary as the previous monstrosity of “pat...
Iain Duncan Smith accused Cardinal Vincent Nichols of having his facts wrong when he said the Government was making “punitive” cuts to welfare. “I don’t agree. I don’t agree with him on this. It would be good if he actually called me bef... Continue to article
Public service reform must not only improve the experience and outcomes for service users, but also deliver efficiencies and save money, Chris Leslie will say today. In his first major speech as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasur... Continue to article
* Public service reform * Professional development * Civil service * Iain Duncan Smith * Benefits Jane Dudman theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All ri... Continue to article
Frank Field said Universal Credit was “morally wrong” and would not be implemented successfully, but warned that the reform raised a challenge for the Labour party too. “It’s morally wrong because we should try to get people to be able t... Continue to article
Department for Work and Pensions statement Iain Duncan Smith said: "Ed Miliband promised all his policies would be "fully-funded". But now we learn that one of his flagship policies is a short-term gimmick with sums that don't add up... Continue to article
MPs have accused Iain Duncan Smith of "sweeping under the carpet” the delays in the Government’s flagship welfare project. The Department of Work and Pensions published its annual accounts on 10 December – six months after they were due ... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Defence questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Deregulation Bill: Second reading Motion relating to European documents on the relations between the European Commission and National Parliaments Adj... Continue to article
The Leader of the House has echoed Iain Duncan Smith's assessment of a Council of Europe report criticising key aspects of the welfare system, branding it "lunacy". The Council produced the document after monitoring British compliance wi... Continue to article
Iain Duncan Smith has called for a change to child poverty measures, insisting the UK must move away from the "narrow focus" of using only family income as an indicator.
Launching a government consultation at a children's centre in Deptford, the Work and Pensions Secretary outlined plans to broaden the indicators to include worklessness, education and family breakdown.
"It is widely understood that the current relative income measure by itself is not providing an accurate picture of child poverty," he said.
"Having such a narrow focus can drive perverse decisions, rather than asking whether a sustainable difference has been made to a family's life. This is about transforming their outcomes so they do not slip back below the 'poverty line'."
But Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, told The Independent that "the relative income poverty measure is the single best indicator of whether 'we're all in this together'".
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Stephen Timms this morning said he had no problem with the Government looking at other indicators, but suggested ministers were seeking to distract people from a rise in child poverty because of Coalition policies.
"What they mustn’t do is try and obfuscate what is actually happening about poverty at the moment. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that child poverty is going to rise by 400,000 over the course of this Parliament," he told BBC News.
Number 10 has dismissed claims that the Government is considering means-testing universal benefits for pensioners such as the winter fuel payment.
Following reports in the Sun of a split between the Prime Minister and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith on whether to halt benefits for wealthy pensioners, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "[The Prime Minister] stands by what's in the Coalition Agreement." She refused to speculate on whether there might be plans to cut the benefits after 2015 as part of the next Comprehensive Spending Review.
Mr Duncan Smith wants benefits such as winter fuel payments to be withheld from wealthier pensioners, but a source close to the minister told the paper the Prime Minister refuses to do so as it would break one of his election pledges.
The source said: “The PM is refusing all logic on this because he has boxed himself into a political corner and doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Labour’s attack."
Speaking this afternoon, Conservative MP Robert Halfon said the Government should "stop giving pension hand-outs to the rich”, arguing it was morally wrong that lower-earners subsidise well-off pensioners.
The Sun has thrown its support behind the Work and Pensions Secretary with a campaign named 'Ditch Handouts To The Rich', saying taxpayers' money is being wasted.
Iain Duncan Smith has said he is determined to press ahead with welfare reforms that would cut the number of disability benefit claimants by 500,000.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Work and Pensions Secretary says the number of claimants has risen by 30% in recent years - "well ahead of any other gauge you might make about illness, sickness, disability”.
The news comes as the Government fairness watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, found that impact of spending cuts on women, disabled people and ethnic minorities had been vastly underestimated by ministers.
Millions of parents will receive letters from HMRC detailing how their child benefit is to be cut. Households where at least one person earns more than £50,000 will be affected by the cut.
Drug addicts and alcoholics will be denied benefits unless they enter treatment and rehabilitation programs, Iain Duncan-Smith will announce today. The Work and Pensions Secretary will tell an Alcoholics Anonymous event in Parliament that the changes will mark a shift from "passive" to "active" intervention.
The Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said more than 11,000 households are being paid in benefits the equivalent of a higher rate taxpayers’ £47,000 salary. The figure was disclosed as letters are being sent to households this week explaining a new cap on benefits under which no one can claim more than the average annual working wage of £26,000. The cap comes into force next April.
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