Labour Party To Refer Groundless Iain Duncan Smith Claim To Statistics Watchdog Again
Iain Duncan Smith is telling fibs again. Work and pensions secretary claims that 75% of jobseekers think that benefit sanctions have helped them “focus and get on.”
Labour is to challenge Iain Duncan Smith’s claim that 75% of jobseekers think benefit sanctions have helped them “focus and get on” by lodging a complaint with the official statistics watchdog.
Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said he would write to Duncan Smith challenging him to back up the “groundless” figure and refer the matter to theUK Statistics Authorityfor investigation.
The work and pensions secretary made the claim in an interview with theCamden New Journal, in which he suggested many claimants were grateful for the consequences of benefit sanctions.
“Seventy-five per cent of all those who have been…
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