Ensuring Government Delivers on its Promises to Protect Disabled People

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

The Government recently announced long overdue benefit reforms to protect disabled people, after the Mayor wrote to them highlighting the damaging impact of welfare changes on deaf & disabled Londoners. How will you ensure that they deliver on this promise?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I wrote to the Government on 17 July with our powerful new evidence of the detrimental impacts of welfare reforms on disabled Londoners.

I welcome the changes the Government has adopted. However, these changes do not go far enough in addressing the underlying flaws in the design and delivery of the welfare benefits system which are damaging the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of disabled claimants.

I will continue to assess the impact of proposed welfare reform changes on disabled Londoners. In particular, I will write to the new Secretary of State to make sure she is aware of her predecessor’s view that the freeze to working-age benefits must end.