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Charity welcomes change of heart on benefit cuts

Charity welcomes change of heart on benefit cuts

Published at 12:38pm 22nd March 2016. (Updated at 2:45pm 22nd March 2016)

A Harrogate-based charity has welcomed the Government's U-turn on cutting disability benefits.

Chancellor George Osborne's latest Budget included proposals to reduce Personal Independence Payments, but there was fierce opposition from organisations including Disability Action Yorkshire.

A bitter row also erupted within the Conservative Party, after Iain Duncan Smith resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary, saying the planned welfare cuts were "indefensible" and a "compromise too far".

Jackie Snape, Chief Executive of Disability Action Yorkshire, said: "Whilst this is very welcome news indeed, the initial announcement caused untold stress for countless disabled people fearful of how their own individual circumstances would be affected.

"Over the last week, we took numerous telephone calls from disabled people worried about how they would cope if their payments were cut. This money is not spent on luxuries, it's spent on necessities such as paying for support staff to assist with daily living activities and providing transport to work.

"I sincerely hope the new Work and Pensions Secretary fully understands just how vital these payments are, payments that need protecting and not cutting."

Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary, has promised that there will be no more welfare cuts to fund the Budget.