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  British minister resigns over disability cuts
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 19, 2016 11:39am
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AuthorPaul Dallison
News DateSaturday, March 19, 2016 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIain Duncan Smith, the British work and pensions secretary, resigned Friday evening in protest at being forced to make cuts to benefits.

The former leader of the Conservative Party said cuts to welfare payments for the disabled, unveiled as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on Wednesday, were “a compromise too far.”

In a resignation letter, he said: “I have for some time and rather reluctantly come to believe that the latest changes to benefits to the disabled and the context in which they’ve been made are a compromise too far.”

“While they are defensible in narrow terms, given the continuing deficit, they are not defensible in the way they were placed within a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers. They should have instead been part of a wider process to engage others in finding the best way to better focus resources on those most in need.”
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