Govt targets 500,000 fewer disability claims


The government is seeking to cut half a million people from the disability benefits list when the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is introduced.

However it appears the coalition is willing to make some concessions on its hard line stance to welfare reform after suffering three defeats in the House of Lords. PIP is set to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as part of government plans to reform the welfare state. Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People, told the Sun that ministers are aiming to cut the number of 16 to 64-year-olds on the allowance from 2.2 million to 1.7 million when PIP is introduced. Under the new benefit, claimants will have a face-to-face assessment, regular check-ups and be eligible for seve...

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