Duncan Smith opposes Osborne’s £10bn welfare cut
The work and pensions secretary has suggested £10 billion of further welfare cuts threatened by the chancellor would be opposed by his department.
In an interview with the Times newspaper, Iain Duncan Smith was asked whether he thought it would be acceptable for the next spending review to impose cuts of £10 billion on welfare spending, he replied: ‘My view is it’s not’.
Chancellor George Osborne raised the prospect of further welfare cuts during his Budget speech last month.
‘If nothing is done to curb welfare bills further, then the full weight of the spending restraint will fall on departmental budgets,’ he said. ‘The next spending review will have to confront this.’
In his Times interview Mr Duncan Smith suggests there may be some potential to make further cuts to welfare spending, but not on the scale suggested by Mr Osborne.
‘My view is that you have a responsibility to support people in difficulty,’ he said. ‘It’s a prime concern of ours – we can’t run away from that.’
The next spending review will cover spending post-2015. It had been expected in 2014, but rumours suggest is may be brought forward to 2013.