Ministers Could Merge Disability Benefits And Want To Cut Future Spending, Says Green Paper

By John Pring in Disability News Service.

Ministers are considering measures to cut rising spending on disability benefits, and the possibility of merging personal independence payment with universal credit, a new government green paper has revealed.

The health and disability green paper, Shaping Future Support, focuses on reforming personal independence payment (PIP), employment and support allowance (ESA) and the disability-related aspects of universal credit.

It was published just as MPs were about to start their long summer recess.

For much of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document, ministers detail the progress they say they are making to improve the assessment processes for disability benefits, and they ask for suggestions for how to improve the system in the short-term.

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