Planned PIP Cuts Will Also Affect Passported Benefits
George Osborne’s own experts have exposed the vast scale of his cruel new benefit cut funding a tax break for the rich.
It confirms the Budget will slash an eye-watering £4,100 a year from 290,000 disabled people as they are disqualified from Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
The £80-a-week hit is more than what PIP pays because victims will see their other benefits fall like dominoes.
PIP claimants are automatically ‘passported’ to systems like the Carer’s Allowance – but this will end if they are disqualified, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned.
The OBR, which is the expert body the Chancellor set up, said: “The Government has chosen to reduce the points awarded for some ‘aids and appliances’ descriptors in PIP, which we expect to save £1.3billion [per year] by 2020-21.
“This includes knock-on reductions in spending on passported benefits, including carer’s allowance and employment and support allowance.”
The OBR’s figures appear to support warnings by the MS Society that the worst-hit PIP claimants could lose £150 a week once passported benefits are included.
Chief Executive Michelle Mitchell said: “Changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will increase anxiety and fear in thousands of people with MS. This is a vital benefit and access to it needs improving – not restricting further.
“These changes will fail to support those that are most in need. We’re deeply concerned and urge the Government not to proceed.”