Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary, has consistently voted for reducing housing benefit, his voting record shows.
Crabb has also sided against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to disability.
How Stephen Crabb voted on Welfare and Benefits
Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefitsADVERTISEMENT
Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
Data from TheyWorkForYou.com
The speedy appointment of Crabb to the DWP follows Iain Duncan Smith’s dramatic decision to stand down last night, citing cuts to disability benefits in George Osborne’s budget.
Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “puzzled and disappointed” by Duncan Smith's decision.
Before Crabb’s appointment was announced, HuffPost UK’s Executive Editor for Politics, Paul Waugh, said he would be “the perfect man to step in”.
“He’s smart, passionate and has had such a tough upbringing that no one could claim he has a silver spoon in his mouth,” Waugh wrote.