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Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Caritas Social Action Network claims new measures will lead to an increase in child poverty

Mick and Mairead Philpott (Photo: PA)

Without the welfare state, he says, Philpott would have been ‘decently employed’. Maybe it’s more likely he would still have been a criminal?

David and Samantha Cameron at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham (Photo: PA)

This unintended consequence has to be dealt with as a matter of urgency

David Cameron: suffering from the law of unintended consequences (Photo: PA)

Any student of psychology could have told you how it would play out