Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith | Nick Cohen

The way the work and pensions secretary manipulates statistics is a shaming indictment of his department’s failingsWhen you see rottenness in a system you must ask: does it come from one bad apple or does the whole barrel stink?The rank smell emanating from the coalition is impossible to miss. At first sniff, it appears to come from […]
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Hugh Muir’s diary: How the welfare secretary got a ticket to free-ride

Iain Duncan Smith joins the prawn cocktail set at White Hart Lane• More news of our something-for-nothing society; of people for whom it has become a habit to live with hand outstretched. One assumes Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, enjoyed the £2,400 worth of hospitality that he and his son received as […]
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I am not asking pensioners to hand back benefits, says Duncan Smith

Work and pensions secretary clarifies comments, saying he is neither encouraging nor discouraging people to return benefitsIain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, insisted he was neither encouraging nor discouraging wealthy pensioners to hand back their universal benefits such as the free bus pass, free TV licence or the winter fuel allowance.He had been […]
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Mothers and children lose out in benefit changes | Nick Cohen

Iain Duncan Smith’s universal credit poses a serious threat to women’s independenceIf you want to combat poverty, empower women. There are few uncontested arguments in social policy, but this is one of them. Give women control of their fertility and overpopulation and undereducation will fall. Give women financial independence and they will have the means […]
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Cuts and the family: ‘It’s not about having tons of money, it’s about having enough’

A detailed study of austerity on low to middle income households finds government cuts are having a destabilizing effect on families least able to cope with themThere’s a gaping, baffling hole at the heart of Iain Duncan Smith’s first social justice strategy annual audit, published this week, which it would not be too excessive to […]
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I could live on £53 in benefits a week, says Iain Duncan Smith

Work and pensions secretary has been challenged to fulfil his claim that he could live on £53 a week in benefitsThe work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has been challenged to prove that he can fulfil his claim that he could live on £53 a week in benefits.Defending the vast array of welfare reforms […]
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Iain Duncan Smith: I could live on £53 in benefits a week

Work and pensions secretary says he would be able to survive on lowest rate of jobseeker’s allowance given to adults under 25The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has said he could live on £53 in benefits a week.He made his statement as welfare reforms came into effect on Monday, including the so-called bedroom […]
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How do you fix child poverty? Address their parents’ poverty, for a start | Deborah Orr

The Conservatives’ new approach to child poverty may be an improvement on Labour’s, but it’s still not enoughFew would argue that being born into wealth is a failsafe guarantee of childhood happiness. Instead, it’s a cliche, the idea that rich, self-centred people will happily leave their children to be cared for by paid employees, lavishing their offspring […]
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Duncan Smith and Pickles find their jargon jars

Small packets of misery are unwrapped by MPs before communities secretary makes his vast presence feltWe started with questions on work and pensions. Small packets of misery are unwrapped by MPs and presented to Iain Duncan Smith. There are families on low benefits, young persons with nowhere to live and quadraplegics told by Atos, the […]
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Britain could thrive outside EU, says IDS

Work and pensions secretary says Britain’s trading history predates EU and suggests it can continue outside fiscal unionIain Duncan Smith has come close to suggesting that Britain could eventually thrive outside the European Union, declaring that such a strong country can stand tall on its own.Amid reports that a cabinet minister considered resigning to join […]
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