Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit, says Iain Duncan Smith's thinktank

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Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and put cash into benefits

Iain Duncan Smith’s thinktank is calling on the chancellor to renege on promised Tory tax cuts and instead plough billions of pounds into universal credit if he wants to help families that are just about managing.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), founded and chaired by the former Conservative leader, said that Philip Hammond should cancel plans to raise the threshold for personal allowance to £12,500 by 2021.

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