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Disability benefit cuts condemned

Disability benefit cuts condemned

Published at 6:35pm 17th March 2016. (Updated at 10:15am 18th March 2016)

The head of a Harrogate-based charity has told Stray FM that cuts to disability benefits will be devastating.

In his latest Budget, the Chancellor outlined savings of more than £1 billion pounds by reducing Personal Independence Payments.

George Osborne said: "We are spending more every single year on disability benefits.

"What we've done is respond to an independent report that saw what was happening to some of the assessments of our disability benefits and says 'let's make sure they're working in the way that gets the help to the people who need it most'."

In response to the cuts, Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, said: "It costs a lot more to be disabled, that's a fact, it costs about £550 a month more just because of needing to buy equipment and having higher electricity costs.

"Disabled people are less likely to have savings. 49% of disabled people use payday loans and credit cards to pay for everyday things like food and clothes, which we take for granted."

The charity says it's already seen an increase in the number of disabled people who are concerned about how they're going to cope.