Social Security Benefits: Disability

Treasury written question – answered on 15th March 2019.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the cumulative impact of social security changes from 2010 on disabled people.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Treasury, along with other relevant departments, carefully considers the impact of its decisions on those sharing protected characteristics - including at Budgets and other fiscal events - in line with both its legal obligations and with its strong commitment to promoting fairness. The Treasury regularly publishes detailed analysis of trends in income and the impact of policy decisions on tax, welfare and public spending on households of different incomes.

We spend over £50 billion a year on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions, and the number of working age disabled people in employment has increased by 930,000 since 2013.

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