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Chancellor George Osborne defends benefits changes

The Chancellor has defended the government's changes to benefits and tax, calling criticism "shrill headline seeking nonsense".

The shake-up, which came into force this week, sees cuts to housing benefit for some social housing tenants with a spare room and alterations to council tax.

George Osborne attacked those he said were spreading "ill-informed rubbish" and said he was "proud" of the measures taken by the government.