Will Tories back down on PIP cuts?
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- Created: Friday, 18 March 2016 10:48
There are signs that the Tories are beginning to backtrack on plans to make personal independence payment (PIP) harder to claim, as the possibility of a revolt by their own backbench MPs begins to grow.
The Guardian has spoken to Tory MPs, including Andrew Percy and Johnny Mercer who say that the level of opposition amongst Conservative backbenchers is greater than it was over tax credit cuts.
Meanwhile, the BBC has reported that on Question Time, education secretary Nicky Morgan claimed that a final decision on changes to PIP has not yet been made.
She told the audience:
"First of all we've got to finish the consultation and the conversations that we're having with MPs, but also with disability groups and others, before we even bring any legislation forward.
"It is something that has been put forward, there has been a review, there has been a suggestion, we are not ready to bring the legislation forward," she said.
In reality, the consultation closed earlier this month and the DWP announced its decision to cut the points for aids and appliances for using the toilet and dressing and undressing. The changes would leave hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled claimants with reduced awards or no awards at all.
We’ll keep readers posted.