Universal credit system doesn't penalise poor but 'helps people into full-time work', says Iain Duncan Smith

Universal credit system doesn't penalise poor but 'helps people into full-time work', says Iain Duncan Smith

Philip Hammond will make his Autumn statement this week

Monday, November 21, 2016

Controversial new benefit systems help people into work rather than making them poorer, according to former Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Research by consultancy Policy in Practice has shown that welfare cuts will leave low income families worse off by more than £2,500 a year by 2020. This is expected to increase pressure on chancellor Philip Hammond, who is set to make his Autumn statement on Wednesday, to soften some of the wildly criticised measures introduced by his predecessor in the role.

Duncan Smith told Julia Hartley-Brewer that there is a "system of universal credit coming in that helps push [workers] through the hours and into full time work."

He added, "we want as many people as possible to break free from the benefit system."

Listen to the full interview above