Contact a Family responds to government confirmation it is abandoning cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
Yesterday the new Minister for Works and Pensions Stephen Crabb, confirmed that the government no longer plans to go ahead with changes to the Personal Independence Payment aids and appliances rules announced in the run-up to last week’s budget. This proposal would adversely affected 640,000 disabled people. In his statement to the House of Commons the Minister went on to say that the government has no plans for further new welfare cuts in this parliament, other than those already announced.
Una Summerson head of Policy at Contact a Family says:
“Government confirmation yesterday that it will drop its planned cuts to Personal Independence Payments will be a huge relief for many families with disabled teenagers about to transfer to it from DLA. This benefit is vital, helping disabled people achieve their full potential, take part in their communities and lead an independent life.
“The government’s promise to make no further welfare cuts is also welcome news. Unfortunately, this won’t affect plans to implement Universal Credit, which when rolled out, will mean many families with disabled children face cuts of £1,600 a year. The government’s own estimate is that 100,000 disabled children will be affected by this cut.
“Families Contact a Family support have been bombarded by cuts to welfare and services in the last few years. A third have already been affected by welfare changes and many are experiencing delays in support services for their child as pressures on local authorities and health budgets continue to chip away at services that help them to take part in everyday activities, keep working and stay well. These are families already more likely to be living in poverty. Well over half (58%) told us they would be unable to cope with an unexpected bill of £300 – highlighting the precarious financial situation they are currently in. That’s why Contact a Family is urging the government to think again about its plans to cut the disabled child element under Universal Credit”