Prove it! Campaigners deliver petition calling for Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week to his Whitehall office
Kevin RawlinsonA petition with more than 460,000 names calling on the Work and Pensions Secretary to back up his claim that he could live on £53 a week by doing so for a year was handed in to his Whitehall department today.
Iain Duncan Smith, who lives in a 16th-century Tudor mansion, made the claim last week as he announced reforms to the benefits system. The petition, the fastest-growing in the history of the Change.org website, was dismissed as a “complete stunt” by Mr Duncan Smith, who said he had experienced life “on the breadline”.
The petition was set up when David Bennett, a market trader, said the sum was all he had to live on after his housing benefit was cut. Mr Duncan Smith responded by claiming he could manage on that amount.
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