IDS under fire on child poverty

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Ian Duncan Smith
Ian Duncan Smith

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of trying to "move the goal posts" on child poverty after he suggested it was a waste of money paying benefits to parents addicted to drink or drugs.

In a keynote speech, Mr Duncan Smith called for a new "multidimensional measure" of child poverty to operate alongside the existing income-based measure, to better reflect the reality of children's lives.