The Work and Pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith
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Duncan Smith: Welfare reforms will 'restore fairness'

A universal credit system will restore "fairness and simplicity" to the welfare system, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said.

He told the Conservative conference he would replace the "complex, outdated and wildly expensive system" of multiple benefits with a single credit.

The amount received will taper off gradually once people return to work and their salaries increase.

  • 05 Oct 2010