Ian Duncan Smith Calls On Theresa May To Scrap £3.4bn Benefits Cut

The former Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith has called on the Prime Minster to scrap a planned £3.4bn cut to Universal Credit.

Duncan Smith, who quit in protest at the welfare cuts in the 2016 Budget, told ministers they should “think very carefully” about reducing work allowances, saying this was a matter “close to my heart”.

Cuts are due to the work allowance, which is the amount people can earn before benefit payments are withdrawn.

Duncan Smith said: “If we really want to see the right thing happen to people out there who try and get into work and stay in work, the allowances are critical.”

“And I would recommend and hope that my colleagues in government will think very carefully again about the decision to reduce those allowances”. 

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