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Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:57 pm on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State 12:57 pm, 22nd March 2016

I am coming on to talk about disability benefits, but my right hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw attention to the support we give—close to £50 billion—to disabled people. When we look just at the disability benefits, disability living allowance and personal independence payment, that support has gone up from £13 billion when we came into office to £16 billion today, and it will go up to £18 billion in the future. As my excellent right hon. Friend for Preseli Pembrokeshire (Stephen Crabb), the new Welfare Secretary, made clear yesterday, we continue to give support to disabled people. I will come on to deal with that in detail.