300,000 face benefits cuts

More than 300,000 disabled people will have their benefits cut when the disability living allowance is replaced by a new benefit, Esther McVey, the minister for Disabled People, said today – but for most claimants, the change has been delayed for two years.

An initial 560,000 claimants will be reassessed by 2015, and 330,000 of these are expected either to lose their benefit altogether or see their payments reduced, Ms McVey told the House of Commons.

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