Iain Duncan Smith apologises for misleading benefits literature

2015 General Election - Cabinet

Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has apologised after marketing material used fictitious people to demonstrate positive changes to the benefits system.

Duncan Smith said that the material was “quite wrong” and that “we are investigating at the moment”. In a speech made today Duncan Smith also confirmed that there would be changes to the benefits system which may mean those with disabilities could be required to work a few hours each week if they are able.

Duncan Smith said that “the most vulnerable people in our society will be protected” although Andy Burnham, a candidate for the Labour leadership, said “it’s clear that Iain Duncan Smith is now preparing a new attack on disabled people”.