George Osborne Wants Further Welfare Cuts To Pay For Security Spending

Same Difference

These will include cuts to disability benefits and jobcentre staff, reports FT.com:

Ministers are not seeking to reduce the levels paid in disability benefits but the Treasury is keen to explore whether the assessments for the benefits can be applied more quickly and rigorously.

In 2013, new claimants began receiving the personal independence payment (PIP), rather than disability living allowance (DLA), the older benefit that is being phased out.

From this year, those already on DLA have begun to undergo assessments to be switched over to PIP. The Department for Work and Pensions wants all claimants to be receiving the new benefit by May 2018.

But the Treasury is keen to find more savings, urging the Department for Work and Pensions to consider whether the switchover could be accelerated and whether the tests could further reduce the caseload.

“Disability benefits is a big area of spending so it’s to be…

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