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George Osborne Wants Further Welfare Cuts To Pay For Security Spending

October 20, 2015

These will include cuts to disability benefits and jobcentre staff, reports FT.com:

Ministers are not seeking to reduce the levels paid in disability benefits but the Treasury is keen to explore whether the assessments for the benefits can be applied more quickly and rigorously.

 

In 2013, new claimants began receiving the personal independence payment (PIP), rather than disability living allowance (DLA), the older benefit that is being phased out.

From this year, those already on DLA have begun to undergo assessments to be switched over to PIP. The Department for Work and Pensions wants all claimants to be receiving the new benefit by May 2018.

But the Treasury is keen to find more savings, urging the Department for Work and Pensions to consider whether the switchover could be accelerated and whether the tests could further reduce the caseload.

“Disability benefits is a big area of spending so it’s to be expected that [the Treasury] would look at that,” said a Department for Work and Pensions official, adding that negotiations were still at “an early stage”.

In March, David Cameron said that the switchover was “going to lead to some savings over time and we haven’t created that benefit in order to undermine it. We want to enhance it and safeguard it.”

The two disability benefits are currently received by about 3.2m people and are forecast to cost £15.6bn in 2015/16. The government estimates that the cost of benefits will decline to £13.8bn by 2020, since it believes about 600,000 fewer people will receive the new benefit.

The Treasury is also seeking cuts in the numbers of Jobcentre Plus staff, according to two officials. About 80,000 people — one in every five civil servants — worked for the Department for Work and Pensions as of last year, and the Treasury wants to reduce that number further.

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