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Tories risk repeat of poll tax backlash over Universal Credit roll out, warns Sir John Major

Sir John Major has warned the Government it faces “deep political trouble” if it does not rethink the rollout of its flagship welfare reform as he compared Universal Credit to the poll tax.

The Tory former prime minister said most Britons will think the new system, which combines numerous benefits into one payment, is unfair because of reports that families could be left hundreds of pounds worse off when they switch.

The row revived an old rivalry with Iain Duncan Smith, one of his successors and the architect of the scheme, who said the policy was "working well". The pair have repeatedly clashed over benefits policy.

It comes after Gordon Brown, the Labour former prime minister, also called…

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