Yesterday, in the House of Lords, Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud criticised the way the media have covered the issue of the welfare system.

"​I have already expressed my concern about the fear factor, which I find very disturbing. I also acknowledge that the press in this country sometimes writes articles that none of us in this room find appropriate. I certainly do not find them appropriate and my colleagues in the department find them deeply disturbing.

"​We do not control the press, regrettably, and things are written that we do not like to see. However, I am pleased to put on the record where we stand,"​ he said.

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