LONDON, March 19- Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb will take over from Iain Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions Secretary, David Cameron has announced.
Mr Crabb has been appointed to the role after Mr Duncan Smith’s bombshell resignation over changes to disability benefits he said were a “compromise too far”.
In a highly critical two-page letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Duncan Smith said it was wrong to cut £4.4bn in Personal Independence Payments that will affect 640,000 while introducing measures that would help higher earners.
It was particularly damning of George Osborne’s leadership ambition and policies saying measures the Chancellor had introduced were “distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest”.
Mr Cameron responded by saying he was “puzzled and disappointed” by the Work and Pensions Secretary’s decision to quit.
Stephen Crabb has been appointed Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.
He laid the decision to introduce the changes to disability benefits firmly at Mr Duncan Smith’s door, saying he had agreed in Cabinet ahead of the announcement in Wednesday’s Budget.
One of Mr Duncan Smith’s closest friends told Sky News the former Conservative leader had, had “umpteen run-ins” with the Treasury.
They said: “The Treasury resents having such a senior figure in a high spending Whitehall department like welfare.
“The Treasury has wanted him out for some time. The real tension is more between Iain and George Osborne, than Iain and David Cameron.”
Source – Sky News.