Chris Smith, Labour's social security spokesman, said earlier this month that, under plans to cut the pounds 3.25bn annual costs by one-quarter over the next three years, the benefits system would be "pushed past breaking point". Four days later, on 12 February, Andrew Smith wrote to him, saying: "Savings in running costs of this magnitude are perfectly feasible, given the opportunities for efficiency gains and the scale of investment already undertaken."
Peter Lilley, Secretary of State for Social Security, said yesterday: "This is typical Labour hypocrisy. They criticise my reforms in public and praise them in private."
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