• Iain Duncan Smith has already slashed support for the disabled. Now he wants to cut it further
  • Senior man on wheelchair, rear view

Iain Duncan Smith has already slashed support for the disabled. Now he wants to cut it further

The Government is consulting on cutting support for the terminally ill and disabled. Here’s why you should be frightened

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Bleak future: Changes could see the disabled benefits cut

Just before Christmas, the Government announced a consultation on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process, in particular on aids and appliances in the context of the PIP daily living component.

Aids and appliances, such as wheelchairs and walk-in showers, help people live independently.

This is only two years after the introduction of PIP to replace Disability Living Allowance, so has the Government suddenly found out that it doesn’t work?

Do the 105 claimant cases that the Government’s consultation is based on really reflect the 611,121 current PIP claimants? Apparently so.

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Protest: The amount the disabled receive in support could be cut by the Government

Many disabled people are rightly concerned about the implications this will have on their eligibility for PIP, the other social security support that comes with this, such as carer’s allowance, and what this could mean to their being able to live with any degree of independence.

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