John Baron MP urges Government to reconsider disability benefit changes

March 18, 2016

MP writes to Chancellor over PIP proposals

Today John Baron MP has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, to urge the Government to reconsider its proposals to change the way the daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is calculated. These changes may affect up to 640,000 claimants, and analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggests claimants could lose an average of £3,500 a year.

John said,

“I have been a strong supporter of the Government’s economic and welfare reforms, as these are necessary both to get our economy back on an even keel and to ensure people receive the appropriate support when they need it.”

“However, we must always ensure that an appropriate safety net is in place for the vulnerable. I have concerns that the recent proposed changes to PIP may disproportionately affect those least able to change their circumstances, and therefore have written to the Chancellor to urge the Government to reconsider its policy.”

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