IDS: poor parents spend money on alcohol and drugs rather than their children

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities

Iain Duncan Smith has claimed that some poor parents spend money on drugs and alcohol rather than their children. The secretary of state for works and pensions made the claim during a speech on child poverty at the Kids Company charity in London. The minister said: "For a poor family where the parents are suffering from addiction, giving them an extra pound in benefits might officially move them over the poverty line. But increased income from welfare transfers will not address the reason they ...

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