Former MP, Weaver Vale
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It was a privilege to serve on the Work and Pensions Committee with the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) in the last Parliament. I wish to focus my speech on two particular areas. First, it is not the case that the Government are using the change as a cost-cutting exercise. Secondly, I will address some of the comments made by Opposition Members on mental health...
I am sorry, but I really want to make some progress so that other Members can have their say. More than two thirds of PIP recipients with a mental health condition receive the enhanced daily living component, compared with just 22% who used to receive the higher rate under the disability living allowance. This Government are investing more in mental health support than any other before them....
I cannot comment on the specific case to which the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms) referred. All I would say is that it does vary from case to case, and we can all give examples. In my experience, these changes to PIP have, overwhelmingly, been better for people with mental illness in my constituency.
Former Conservative MP for Weaver Vale
Entered the House of Commons on 6 May 2010 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 3 May 2017 — Dissolved for election
Graham Evans campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC
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