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News Tag: Iain Duncan Smith

August 1, 2010

Iain Duncan Smith calls for massive shake-up of benefits system

by Kay Murchie
In the Government’s emergency budget in June, it was revealed that the benefits system would be in line for a radical overhaul. One option being considered would see unemployment benefits and tax credits abolished and replaced with a single payment, Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has announced. The move is designed to cut down on benefit spending ...

June 28, 2010

Government proposes radical reform to benefits system

by Kay Murchie
As it continues with its priority of cutting Britain's budget deficit, the coalition Government has indicated that incapacity benefits will be targeted in a welfare crackdown. Chancellor George Osborne has already announced tough austerity measures to cut the £155 billion deficit but has now made it clear that sickness benefits will be targeted, as they cost £12.5 billion a year. Mr Osborne ...

Coalition proposes controversial plans for unemployed

by Kay Murchie
Proposals have been unveiled by Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, which could see unemployed people encouraged to seek jobs outside the areas where they live. According to Mr Duncan Smith, millions of people are "trapped in estates where there is no work" but have been unable to relocate because it would mean giving up their right to a home. However, the ...

June 24, 2010

Government to announce state pension age increase

by Kay Murchie
Government to announce state pension age increase
Work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, is expected to announce today that the state pension age will rise to 66 for men - as early as 2016. Furthermore, the Government is to raise the option of extending it further, perhaps to 70 and beyond in the following decades. The former Labour Government's policy was to lift the pension age ...