Economy, The Benefit System, Welfare to Work

Iain Duncan Smith stands in the GAP

Iain Duncan Smith stands in the gap

Iain Duncan Smith vigorously opposed a benefits freeze which would have saved the Treasury £10 billion or a rise in line with earnings which would have saved £5 billion.

Some ministers had been arguing that a rise in line with average earnings 2.5 per cent would have been fairer. As is it, benefits will now rise by a lower inflation rate of 4.5 per cent which is based on average inflation during the six months to September.

So despite comments to the contrary IDS is standing in the gap and is indeed fighting for those on benefits.

… And oh, by the way: final approval from Cameron, Clegg, Osborne and Alexander is being sought and if agreed will be announced in 29 November

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