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Disability Benefits for the Elderly

Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 4:06 pm on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 4:06 pm, 8th December 2009

Will the Secretary of State clarify what he is saying? He seems to have changed the policy. The policy up to now, including in the Green Paper and as stated in the Government's amendment, has been:

"if disability benefits...were to be reformed as part of the National Care Service, those receiving the affected benefits at the time of reform would continue to receive an equivalent level of support."

He has just, in effect, replaced the words,

"an equivalent level of support", with the words, "the same amount in cash"-that is, no cash loss. That is a completely different policy-which one is it?

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