The Huffington Post UK report:

Iain Duncan Smith’s officials developed plans to cap benefits at £21,000-a-year, marking a much tighter cap than the annual cap currently being rolled out across the country, the Huffington Post UK can reveal.

Following a Freedom of Information request, the Department for Work and Pensions revealed that it had thrashed out proposals for a far harsher limit than the £26,000-a-year cap. The proposed cap would financially constrain an extra 90,000 people.

“It’s normal to give ministers options,” a DWP spokesperson explained.

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