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David Cameron pledges support to the quiet man

A few weeks ago we reported on the huge errors and fraud in the benefits system.

In a Sunday Times article the prime minister David Cameron said that he was determined to act against the overpayment of £5.2bn of welfare and tax credit. The Prime Minister explained that this was unacceptable and described it as the “one area of ingrained waste that outranks all others”. Some of the cuts would be painful, he said, and would mean that “things that we genuinely value will have to go because of the legacy we have been left”.

The Secretary of State Iain Duncan Smith wants to use most of the savings to fund a universal credit system that he argues would improve financial work incentives, minimise cash going to wealthier claimants and reduce overpayments and fraud. But the Treasury says that a new system will not be ready for at least two years and is skeptical that the savings can be found.

We recently reported on the huge errors and fraud in our system: see our brief report

See also our write up

Also use our search function above to see further entries on Iain Duncan Smith.

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