21 March 2016
Disability charity Scope has responded to the Commons statement by Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb MP that the Government will not go ahead with previously announced changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
The Secretary of State also stated that there will be no further plans to make welfare savings beyond those already announced.
The changes to PIP were predicted to impact 640,000 disabled people.
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope said:
"We welcome the Government’s decision not to go ahead with previously planned changes to PIP.
Life costs more if you are disabled and these extra costs make it extremely hard for disabled people to pay the bills.
It has been a worrying time for many disabled people. We are taking on extra helpline staff to deal with the increase in calls about benefits and finance.
Disabled people will be relieved that the new Secretary of State used his first speech to confirm that there are no plans to make further welfare cuts and that he would like to start a new conversation with disabled people."
Notes to the editor:For further information, please contact Scope’s press team on 0207 619 7200.