Welfare reform must continue, Iain Duncan Smith says

18 August 2014

In a speech delivered in London, Iain Duncan Smith restated his determination to transform Britain’s welfare system.

He said that changes so far had played a key role in getting people back into work and ending a welfare dependency culture, insisting that the government is “delivering” after Labour left “whole sections of society on the sidelines”.

But Rachel Reeves, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, said: “David Cameron’s government has failed to control social security spending and is set to overspend on welfare by a staggering £13bn.

“Under Iain Duncan Smith, housing benefit spending is rising, not falling…the number of working people claiming housing benefit is set to double between 201018 costing every British household £488.

The speech was made shortly before the DWP and Ian Duncan Smith were accused of hiding Universal Credit failings.

For the full story from the BBC click here

For the story reported by the Guardian, click here