The government has been accused of trying to hide the impact of its welfare reforms after producing an analysis that fails to show how the changes will hit different sections of the population.
A Treasury document issued this week to an obscure Lords select committee is the first attempt by the government to set out the impact of the tax credit cuts announced in the post-election summer budget, but the analysis only shows the impact by income on families already in receipt of tax credits, as opposed to the impact by income on the population as a whole.
The Treasury select committee and the work and pensions select committee have been asking for a full impact assessment since August, but ministers have hidden behind a careful set of wording to avoid showing how George Osborne’s claim that eight out of 10 families will be better off by 2017-18 will be borne out.
Frank Field, the chairman of the work and welfare select committee, accused ministers of trying to bamboozle parliament and the public.
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