Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:41

TORY disability benefit given amber/red rating 4th year in a ro

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SNP MPs have today called on Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb to outline how he will address the “major risks” that have been identified by with Personal Independent Payments by the UK Government’s own Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

For the fourth year in a row, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has given the roll-out of Personal Independence Payments an “amber/red” rating and has highlighted that “successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks apparent in a number of key areas” and that “urgent action” is needed to address these problems.

During Work and Pensions Questions in the House of Commons today, Dr Eilidh Whiteford also highlighted warnings from economists of another recession due to Brexit and urged Stephen Crabb to ensure that low and middle incomes families do not bear the brunt of another economic downturn.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, the SNP’s Social Justice spokesperson, said:

“Stephen Crabb must outline what he plans to do about the “major risks” identified by the IPA with Personal Independence Payments – with serious concerns being raised about this government’s support for disabled people it is vital that these are addressed as a matter of urgency.

"Disabled people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, but the Tories' prefer to ignore the warnings about their unfair policies.

“In this parliament alone, the Tories have slashed £12 billion from people living on low incomes thanks to their obsession with austerity and now many economists are predicting another recession as a result of Brexit and the pound is less stable than Bitcoin.

“The Tories must not allow people on low and middle incomes to bear the brunt of another economic downturn – the Work and Pensions Secretary must stand up for his department and ensure that the social security budget is not first on the chopping board due to the uncertainty surrounding the UK-wide vote to leave the EU.

“Stephen Crabb promised back in March that there would be no further cuts to social security beyond those already contained in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and the SNP will hold the Tories to this.

“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and the Scottish Government is doing everything in its power to ensure that Scotland’s place in the EU is protected – it is imperative that the Tories now do everything in their power to stand up for disabled people and those on low incomes to ensure that they do not lose out as a result of this uncertainty.”

Layla Theiner, Disability Agenda Scotland said:

“We welcome the publication of the terms of reference for the second independent review of personal independence payments (PIP) as we are hearing concerns about the payments and impact on disabled people.

“We look forward to responding to a call for evidence for the inquiry. Many of those we support and represent would argue that PIP was introduced to reduce the amount of payments disabled people were receiving regardless of need”.


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The IPA assesses the progress of government major projects that require HM Treasury approval either because the proposed budget exceeds a department’s delegated authority level or because the project is novel, contentious, potentially sets a precedent or requires primary legislation.

A second independent review on PIP has been announced today: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-independence-payment-pip-assessment-second-independent-review