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Asked if the Prime Minister shared the Treasury’s concern that some of the plans coming from the Department for Work and Pensions were impractical, the PMS said he assumed that this referred to reports at the weekend about disagreements between the two departments. There was a spending review underway and tackling the welfare bill would be a very important part of that. This was something that both the Work and Pensions Secretary and the Chancellor understood, and discussions were ongoing.

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that there seemed to be some disagreement, the PMS said that discussions were taking place between the two departments, and the Prime Minister was concerned about the size of the welfare bill and how to tackle it.

Asked if the Prime Minister was still committed to seeing through promises made in the coalition agreement, for example on free bus passes, the PMS said that the coalition agreement set out the government’s policy and we would protect those things referred to in the agreement. There was a spending review underway and it would take a hard look at the welfare bill and when that process had concluded there would be an announcement.

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