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Tories 'use taxpayers cash to spread political attack on welfare'

Economists slam tax breakdown release

Economists accused the Tories yesterday of using taxpayers' cash to promote their own political propaganda and attack welfare claimants.

The Treasury issued a breakdown of how taxpayers' cash is spent on Monday but the Institute for Fiscal Studies pointed out that Chancellor George Osborne had put payments like soldiers' and nurses' pensions under "welfare benefits" - taking the category up to 25 per cent of the total.

IFS said: "Lumping a quarter of total spending into one bucket labelled 'welfare' may not strike the most helpful balance - especially when it includes such diverse items as spending on social care, public service pensions, disability benefits, child benefit and unemployment benefits."

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady added: "The Conservatives have been caught blue-handed using taxpayers' money for party political campaigning.

"They should now be made to pay the full costs of this stunt."

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