Iain Duncan Smith
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.
The Work and Pensions Secretary wanted welfare reform to be defined by Universal Credit. It has been defined by the bedroom tax.
Duncan Smith's crusade to force eight million people onto a botched new benefit is a recipe for debt, eviction, poverty and distress.
Work and Pensions Secretary says "we will keep the policy under review" when asked whether the cap could be reduced from £26,000.
As Andrew Adonis argues, successful reforms are incremental and build on existing best-practice, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.
More bad news for Duncan Smith as the National Audit Office says there are "considerable weaknesses" in the department's financial controls over the programme.
The Work and Pensions Secretary says he "never wanted to dwell on figures" after the OBR forecasts less than 10% of his original target will be met.
On the day of George Osborne's Autumn Statement, the Work and Pensions Secretary finally admits that he will miss his Universal Credit deadline of 2017.
New figures show just 2,150 are claiming the payment, leaving the government 997,850 short of its original target of one million.