"This ruse will mean a real terms cut in benefits for children and people with disabilities in 2011," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.
Commenting on conflicting statements from ministers about the effect a 1.5% increase in some benefits in 2010 will have on a subsequent increase in 2011, Steve Webb said:
“If ministers can’t get their heads around this complicated stitch-up then what hope do people claiming these benefits have?
“Alistair Darling appears to have hoodwinked those listening to his Pre-Budget Report about what this could mean for people with disabilities and families in the long run. But incredibly, he also seems to have misled his own colleagues.
“The Government needs to get its facts straight. This ruse will mean a real terms cut in benefits for children and people with disabilities in 2011 and all ministers must take responsibility for this.”