The Sunday Times reports that Iain Duncan Smith has instructed civil servants to draw up plans for fresh reductions in child and housing benefit as the government seeks a further £12bn in welfare savings. The paper says the work and pensions secretary has asked officials to "model" the effects of several different cuts ahead of the budget on July 8, when the chancellor, George Osborne, will present the details. The proposals include plans to cap the number of children for which child benefit is paid to two which would save around £1bn a year. A cap at three children, favoured by some in the Treasury, will also be considered.
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