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Welfare Benefits for People with Disabilities Debate, 12/11/14 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 12 November 2014 on Welfare Benefits for people living with disabilities. The debate was opened by Margaret Burgess (SNP).

At decision time the following amended motion was agreed to:

That the Parliament notes the damaging and destructive impact of the UK Government’s welfare policies on disabled people across Scotland; recognises that around 105,000 working age disabled people will lose some or all of their disability benefits by 2018 as the result of the replacement of disability living allowance with personal independence payment (PIP), with a loss of at least £1,120 per year and, as a consequence of changes in eligibility to the mobility component, 47,000 disabled people are expected to lose up to £2,964 per year; notes that wider benefit reforms are having a disproportionate impact on disabled people, who already face higher costs of living, and calls on the UK Government to halt the roll out of PIP, which will severely disadvantage disabled people across Scotland.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 12 November 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 12 November 2014