IDS: Reforms won't cut benefit bill

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Iain Duncan SmithIain Duncan Smith has admitted that controversial welfare reforms due to come in next week will not cut Britain's benefit bill.

The Work and Pensions Secretary told the Daily Telegraph that the "reality is that this country is not cutting welfare", adding that "all those on benefits will still see cash increases in every year of this Parliament".

As the Government faces a continued onslaught from charities over the April shake-up - which will see big changes to payments such as housing and disability benefits - Mr Duncan Smith defended the Government's reforms.

"If you listen to what I am saying, you will understand the reality is that this country is not cutting welfare, it is managing the growth at a lower level," he said.

He added: "Across the UK - contrary to the headlines - all those on benefits will still see cash increases in every year of this Parliament.

"In the face of the global financial crisis and the country's plummeting GDP, Ireland's leaders have had to implement difficult public spending cuts.

"Doing so has hit benefit recipients hard with social welfare cuts of around £680 million for the year 2010, and £780 million for the year 2011.

"For a workless couple with two children, this equates to an actual cut in income of around £900 a year."

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