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Post by Guest on Sun May 12, 2013 10:16 am

Iain Duncan Smith criticised for 'unsupported' claims on success of Government welfare reforms

Iain Duncan Smith faced embarrassment after he was chided by the statistics watchdog over claims he made trumpeting the success of a Government key welfare reform.

The Work and Pensions Secretary asserted that plans for a £26,000-a-year cap on the amount benefit claims could receive had already spurred 8,000 unemployed people to find jobs. But the UK Statistics Authority said his claim was “unsupported” by his own department's figures.

Its ruling followed a complaint from the TUC. Its general secretary, Frances O'Grady, said: “Only people with weak arguments need to make up statistics.”

The authority said the figures used to justify Mr Duncan Smith's statement had explicitly warned that they were “not intended to show the additional numbers entering work as a direct result of the contact” with staff from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Andrew Dilnot, the authority's chairman, protested that the department had not “fully complied” with the code of practice on official statistics and wrote to the minister to seek “further assurance” that statistics would in future be handled correctly.

It was not the first time Mr Duncan Smith has fallen foul of the statistics watchdog, which rebuked him last year over “weaknesses” in data used in a document on benefit claims by immigrants.

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