UK Politics

Labour Party: Alexander forces IDS to correct the record (again) on Housing Benefit

News   •   Nov 26, 2010 11:05 GMT

Douglas Alexander MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, correcting Iain Duncan Smith for the second time in a week, said:

“Yesterday, the Prime Minister got it wrong on Disability Living Allowance and today Iain Duncan Smith has had to admit that some of the Government’s claims on Housing Benefit don’t stand up to scrutiny.   

“Last week, in response to my letter questioning his grasp of the facts, Iain Duncan Smith conceded within hours that he had got it wrong.  In response to a further letter from me this week, he has now had to take the unusual step of having to issue a Written Ministerial Statement to make further corrections to his and other ministers’ statements.   

“This Government should not be trying to make sweeping changes to the benefit system based on half understood figures and inaccurate claims.”