Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith
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Benefits cap is 'not about punishing people'

Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC a planned benefits cap is not "about punishing people", and has said people are "not suffering" under his reforms.

Peers will debate the planned £26,000-per-family cap on Monday, having already inflicted a series of defeats on the government's welfare bill.

The work and pensions secretary said the cap was aimed at making lives better by reducing dependency.

He said ministers were "determined" to get his reforms through Parliament.

Nick Robinson reports.

  • 20 Jan 2012
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