Alistair Darling MP, shadow chancellor, comments on the IFS report:
"Just last week George Osborne told us that his Budget was 'fair'. But it's decisions, not warm words, that count. Today there's conclusive evidence that far from being fair the coalition has hit the poorest hardest, especially those with children. While Nick Clegg is in charge he would do well to ask himself what he thinks he's doing providing cover for this old fashioned Tory budget."