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Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the latest rebuke of the Government by Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said: 

"Iain Duncan Smith is living in la la land. His ideas don't work so he's now literally making up stories. 

"For the third time in just six months, the Head of the UK Statistics Authority has written to Ministers to warn them about their misuse of statistics. They claimed the NHS Budget was rising when it had fallen, they claimed debt was falling when it's rising, and now they are making up stories about getting people off benefits and into work, when the truth is unemployment is rising.

"Peoples' patience is wearing very thin, and they're getting a little sick and tired of a Tory-led Government that isn't just out of touch with the public - it's out of touch with reality."

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