Government Fails To Deliver £4 bn Savings After Cutting Disability Benefit, New Analysis Shows

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By Shehab Khan in The Independent.

 

 

The Government has failed to deliver the £4bn of savings it was expecting to make after cutting disability benefit, according to new analysis.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said the Government was hoping to cut spending by 20 per cent by moving from the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Forecasts initially predicted £13.6bn would be spent on disability benefits in 2018-2019 but now this figure is thought to be £18bn.

Senior Labour MP’s accused the Tories of “creating further waste and expense” resulting in the need for cuts elsewhere.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “This analysis clearly shows that the Government’s social security cuts are failing disabled people. It is becoming increasingly clearer that these flawed Tory assessments only create further waste and expense.”

 

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