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Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd June 2015.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on maintaining the level of (a) employment and support allowance, (b) personal independence payment and (c) attendance allowance for disabled claimants.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The Secretary of State is currently reviewing how we spend money on welfare . The outcome of this will be announced when the work is complete.

Our reforms demonstrate our strong record of supporting disabled people. We introduced PIP to ensure more support is going to those who need it. Over 700,000 of those stuck on incapacity benefits under Labour are now preparing or looking for work.

Over the last Parliament spending on disability benefits increased in real terms, and disability employment has increased by 238,000 over the last year.

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