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Universal credit: PM 'should back €2bn welfare funding'

Iain Duncan Smith has called on Theresa May to back ?2bn extra funding for welfare in the upcoming budget.
The prime minister and Chancellor Philip Hammond have been coming under pressure to increase funding for universal credit after it was revealed that some people would be worse off under the troubled scheme.Mr Duncan Smith, who was the architect of the system, told Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday that topping up funding was the best way of reaching the "just about managing" Mrs May promised she would help.

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He said: "Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and said I want to look after those who are just about managing."Universal credit is the single best system to get to those who are just about managing."It's better than the tax system, it's better than charitable giveaways - it gets the money to that bottom four deciles in a way no other system does."
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Mr Duncan Smith quit his role as work and pensions secretary in 2016 over billions being cut from the benefits scheme.The former Tory leader said Mr Hammond - who will reveal details of the government's budget on 29 October - needed to prioritise welfare payments over tax cuts if he wanted to help the poorest."The key thing is the structure works but we need to put the money in," Mr Duncan Smith said.

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Sky News obtained data revealing a stark increase in universal credit claimants struggling to pay for housing and food

"I think this government is listening, I think the chancellor is listening and I'm asking him to do that."If we do that and get the money back to where it should be the reality is nobody should lose at all."
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