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Benefits for People with Severe Disabilities

Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 29th June 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

What recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of benefits for people with severe disabilities.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

As a Government, we are currently spending £55 billion supporting disabled people and those with long-term health conditions. The level of financial support will reflect the level of disability or condition of the claimant.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

I thank the Minister for his advice the other day regarding my disabled constituent Tom Hipgrave. Although the support provided by PIP is vital, what more is my hon. Friend doing to help those with severe disabilities, like Tom?

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

My hon. Friend is a very diligent representative of his constituents, as I saw with the casework he raised. Our forthcoming Green Paper is key, as is our national strategy for disabled people, where we will explore other ways to offer greater support, such as advocacy, signposting and removing barriers across Government and in wider society.