People with special knees are less and less likely to make successful benefit claims, a new study shows. But welfare secretary Ian Duncan Smith has announced that only those with two or more affected knees are eligible for special knees payments.
"If we are talking about a multiple knee issue, then of course you would be counted as having special knees. We are taking about special knees, not special knee.
He continued: "If you have a spare knee that you are not using, a perfectly good knee for which you are trying to claim benefit, we have to say no. You could perfectly easily rent that knee out and gain an unearned leg up from a state benefit," he told parliament. "Millions of people with one or more normal knees would feel unfairly treated."
Critics of the ruling have referred to Ian Duncan Smith's decision as a "knee jerk reaction"