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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.


#23 Curlygirl1961 2016-03-24 03:55
Can someone please explain exactly who is affected by the cuts and by how much?
#22 carruthers 2016-03-21 18:44
Now we know what IDS could do that kept Cameron from firing him - he'd bring down Osborne with him.
+2 #21 Jules2030 2016-03-19 08:25
Haven,t saw the news yet !!!!!! but what a day for everyone involved in bringing this man to resign ..........I'm in shock !!!!!!
+2 #20 BRASSYLADY 2016-03-19 00:38
Well I hope Osborne goes next then Cameron and then the rest of the true blues with them! I hope the next government will take heed and take a step or two back, because as the saying goes ' You can fool all of the people some of the time, but not some of the people all of the time' Anyway... The point is, get out of this one you smirky faced little weasel Gideon with your Pig in a poke ( or is that poke a pig? ) mate!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha he!
+4 #19 satmanbasil 2016-03-18 22:35
I noticed Iain Duncan Smith has resigned from the cabinet over the cuts, it does make me wonder if he did have some input in the first place and is jumping ship before the **** hits the fan.
I'm starting to believe some have woken up to the fact these cuts will affect them in later life and can now see these cuts will kill the welfare state if allowed to continue year on year. Looks like the conservatives no longer can use the hype that those of us on benefits are scroungers and cheats.
+4 #18 Paul Richards 2016-03-18 22:28
Iain Duncan Smith has resigned at 2050 this evening - Whooppiee!
The Tories and the DWP are now likely to be in total chaos and possibly a meltdown! :-)
+2 #17 jen 2016-03-18 22:07
Iain Duncan Smith resigns... good grief... never thought I'd see the day. Another fascinating development in a rather curious day. When I made my comment this morning about wiping the smirk off his face, I genuinely couldn't had imagined this would happen within 12 hours.
+3 #16 maurice537 2016-03-18 22:07
Ian Duncan Smith as gone so there us a god
+3 #15 Eli48 2016-03-18 22:01
NEWSFLASH - IAN DUNCAN SMITH has just resigned. Fabulous news. Looks like the cuts to PIP might not go ahead either.
+3 #14 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGovernment 2016-03-18 21:42
IDS resigns...happy days see here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35848687
+2 #13 rubby owl 2016-03-18 21:28
Iain Duncan Smith has said he is resigning as Work and Pensions Secretary, complaining of Treasury pressure to make cuts to benefits
o it looks like putting pressure on MPs can work.
+2 #12 TonyR 2016-03-18 21:25
IDS has gone to save face over upcoming uturn on PIP.
+2 #11 Peter 2016-03-18 19:37
I got my dla notice to advise I need to claim PIP today alas no suicide pill
#10 Sully32 2016-03-18 18:58
ITS WRONG don't these idiots realize that you wouldn't need the aids and adaptations if you weren't ill and disabled :sad:
#9 Jules2030 2016-03-18 18:54
Does anyone know if this will affect claims for a mental health condition?
+1 #8 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGovernment 2016-03-18 18:05
Can I please ask everyone to contact their MPs. They are there to represent YOU and if they have lots of e-mails,letters and phone calls it can only help with the fight.
Ruby owl... Being doing this contacting MPs, and anyone of clout, but no one doe's anything, they don't care about the sick and Disabled?..
I can't for the life of me how many things I have tried.

How much fight can one do, it's just won't stop.
#7 margaret 2016-03-18 16:45
what just happen to the ESA vote and how that was over turn again

George Osborne has said it is not to do with saving on deficit so he can not use parliament privilege like he has for esa
#6 angela 2016-03-18 15:45
Wont make a blind bit of diffent so please dont go getting any hope that things will get any better just remember what just happen to the ESA vote and how that was over turn again
+2 #5 rubby owl 2016-03-18 14:26
Can I please ask everyone to contact their MPs. They are there to represent YOU and if they have lots of e-mails,letters and phone calls it can only help with the fight.
#4 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGovernment 2016-03-18 13:51
Trust me, this Government won't back down. They will make God damm sure they get this through.

I just don't see how on earth they are getting away with all this towards the Disabled and ill.

I for one have had enough of it. I won't back down when the time is nigh?

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