Louise welcomes Government's PIP climbdown

Yesterday, in the House of Commons the Tories announced they are to reverse the decision in the Budget to cut £4.4bn over the Parliament from the Personal Independent Payments for the disabled. 

Figures for Sheffield Heeley showed that 1119 people rely on PIP to help with the extra costs of being disabled.

Commenting Louise Haigh, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley said:

"It is astonishing that this idea - to take away money which disabled people use to live independently - ever passed the initial Treasury planning meetings, never mind making it into the budget itself."

"Many people - in every part of the country - will look at this decision and see a Government which cannot be trusted to balance the books without harming very vulnerable people. Their former Secretary of State is now saying he believes the 'government are drifting in a direction that harms society' and that the cuts they are making are political rather than economically necessary."

"It is about the most serious charge that can be levelled against a government of any stripe - that they are harming very vulnerable people for political reasons. While we welcome this u-turn, it is disgusting that it was ever considered and the Chancellor should be paying with his job."

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  • Louise Haigh Mp
    published this page in News 2016-03-22 10:34:24 +0000