Benefits: Disability

House of Lords written question – answered on 31st January 2012.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour 31st January 2012

To ask Her Majesty's Government what reduction they expect in Government expenditure if their proposals on disability living allowance are implemented without further amendment.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud Conservative 31st January 2012

The Chancellor announced in June 2010 that he anticipated that the overall impact of reform will result in savings equivalent to 20 per cent of forecast working age DLA expenditure.

Our proposals will help to ensure that expenditure on personal independence payment is sustainable and focused on those most in need of support. A more objective assessment will improve consistency in decisions and through regular reviews ensure that awards remain correct. The department published an impact assessment with the Welfare Reform Bill which included estimated savings to the exchequer. This can be found at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dla-reform-wr2011-ia.pdf. We intend to update this following Royal Assent of the Welfare Reform Bill.

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