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TOPIC: DWP has finally revealed it has cut disabled people’s benefits. Here’s by how much

DWP has finally revealed it has cut disabled people’s benefits. Here’s by how much 15 Sep 2018 18:36 #10192

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A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister has made a damning admission about benefits spending. The DWP has repeatedly claimed it’s increasing disabled people’s entitlement. But new information shows that these claims were, as one campaign group put it, “lies… to justify their atrocious policies”.
The DWP: vacuous claims?

DWP minister of state Sarah Newton has repeatedly said that spending on disability benefits has been increasing. Her latest claim was that:

"We will be spending an estimated £54bn in 2018/19 on benefits to support disabled people and those with long term health conditions, up from £44.7bn in 2010/11 – the highest ever."

Her claims have been widely debunked as they include benefits not just for disabled people, like Housing Benefit and Carer’s Allowance. The true figure for 2017/18 was £39bn; Newton claimed it was over £50bn. The DWP has also claimed that spending on disability benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Attendance Allowance have increased in real terms; that is, adjusted for inflation. This is while some working age benefits like Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) have been frozen.

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