Today the Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith gave a speech to mark the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Centre for Social Justice think-tank about welfare reform. Here is a link to what he said about disability.
In response Richard Hawkes chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said:
“It’s good to see Ian Duncan Smith talk about disabled people in today’s speech.
“We hope the speech kick-starts a debate about the role of welfare in improving disabled people’s living standards.
“As the economy picks up how do we make sure we don’t leave disabled people behind?
“Disabled people are pushing hard to get jobs and get on in the workplace. Nine in ten disabled people work or have worked. Yet only about 50% of disabled people have a job right now. We need to focus on what we – Government, employers, charities – to let disabled people thrive in work.
“Disabled people are struggling to pay the bills and getting into debt. Being disabled brings with it huge extra costs – as much as £1,500 per month. That’s why Disability Living Allowance – introduced by the Conservatives – is vital and must be protected.
“In the run up to the next election we need to make sure disabled people are font and centre in this debate about what shapes us, lifts our families, delivers security, and helps rebuild our communities.”