Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith

The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP was appointed Secretary of State for the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions following their 2010 General Election. He has served as MP for the Chingford and Woodford Green constituency since April 1992 and has held a number of roles in Government, and was Leader of the Conservative Party from September 2001 until November 2003. In 2004, he founded the influential think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, which worked to develop innovative policies on tackling poverty and welfare reform.

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | Renewing Compassion

A vision for welfare that frees rather than traps the poor

After decades of modern welfare programmes failing to solve the problem of intergenerational poverty, we need to admit that the system is broken. Welfare, originally devised as a way to support the poorest and most vulnerable in society, is now too often trapping the poor in the very condition it was supposed to alleviate.

In the UK, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, is challenging the broken system, and shares his vision for the future of welfare – a future in which dignity, hope, and aspiration are open to all.

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