Iain Duncan Smith
With its age-blind design, Universal Credit is a missed opportunity to tackle the UK’s demographic challenge.
The work and pensions select committee launches an inquiry after Duncan Smith was rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for misrepresenting figures on the benefit cap.
David Cameron promised to lead "the most open and transparent government in the world", but he and his ministers have repeatedly manipulated data for political purposes.
The claim that 8,000 people moved into work as a result of the benefit cap is "unsupported by the official statistics", says the UK Statistics Authority.
So much of what Iain Duncan Smith and his department is doing is based on empirical sand.
The Work and Pensions Secretary says he “would encourage” those who don't need the money to return it to the state.
The £26,000 cap, which is introduced in four London boroughs today, will raise child poverty, increase homelessness and cost more than it saves.
By seizing upon a moment of perceived hypocrisy, the petition made the welfare debate accessible to the public, says the UK director of Change.org.
Ministers consider plans to force workers to increase their hours or change jobs in return for receiving Universal Credit payments.
IDS used the welfare state in his youth, and now he's pulling the ladder up behind him.