Iain Duncan Smith
While Iain Duncan Smith puts on a positive front for party conference, the saga of DWP’s welfare reforms continues.
Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices. Suggesting that they do is to adhere to a stereotype that isn’t supported by evidence.
Iain Duncan Smith is under further scrutiny as the public accounts committee accuses his department of obscuring problems with the universal credit scheme.
The pair are divided over where future welfare cuts should be made.
Ministers' claims contradicted as civil service head says "we shouldn't beat about the bush: it hasn't been signed off".
Despite all the distress and financial hardship caused by a malfunctioning assessment process, spending on the government’s main sickness and disability benefit is set to rise.
The Work and Pensions Secretary has criticised the Big Issue for "immediately" allowing immigrants from Europe to claim tax credits by being self-employed as sellers of the magazine.
Cameron, Duncan Smith, Gove and Osborne are sincere in their desire for social emancipation. They must now find the words to express it.
The Work and Pensions Secretary says the policy "is not about punishing people, it's about saying that the money we have is finite."
The Chancellor may have provided the Tories with the protective cover they need to limit universal pensioner benefits.