The Government is to formally drop its cuts to disabled benefits after Iain Duncan Smith’s dramatic resignation.
New Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb will tell the Commons in a statement that the curbs to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been abandoned.
The developments come after a day of Tory infighting that saw Mr Duncan Smith condemn Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘arbitrary’ cap on welfare spending and obsession with ‘short-term savings’.
In a round of interviews, the former Conservative leader insisted his decision to quit the Cabinet was not ‘personal’ or a ‘secondary attack’ on the Prime Minister over Europe.
‘Because otherwise it just looks like we see this as a pot of money, that it doesn’t matter because they don’t vote for us.’
Mr Duncan Smith flatly denied that his decision had anything to do with personal animosity to Mr Osborne or his desire for Britain to leave the EU, describing that as ‘the most puerile idea I have ever heard’.
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme she had ‘respect’ for Mr Duncan Smith but his behaviour was ‘really disappointing’.
Pensions minister Lady Altmann accused her old boss of ‘shocking’ behaviour and of trying to inflict ‘maximum damage’ on the party leadership to get Britain out of the EU.
But colleagues Priti Patel, Justin Tomlinson and Shailesh Vara hit back at Lady Altmann.
Employment minister Ms Patel told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics the departure was ‘not about Europe’.
With respect to Ros … what I would like to say is that working with Iain, he has always provided support and encouragement in all that we have done as a ministerial team,’ she said.
Tory backbencher Heidi Allen questioned whether Mr Osborne should continue as Chancellor.
‘It depends how he responds to that challenge … we’ll see in the weeks and months ahead,’ she told the BBC’s Sunday Politics.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell insisted Mr Osborne had to ‘rip up’ the financial package.
‘George Osborne needs to come back to Parliament now, pull this Budget and start again because this Budget isn’t sustainable any more,’ he told BBC Radio 5 live.
Labour is likely to table an urgent question in a bid to force the Chancellor to come to the Commons.