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Disabled people already live in fear of losing their benefits. This new welfare ‘reform’ would just hurt them more

You might not have heard it but, amid the noise of Brexit, the government is planning a multibillion pound overhaul of disability benefits. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a contract notice worth £3.1bn for private companies to bid to win a seven-year contract to conduct multiple benefit assessments. At its heart appears to be a full-scale transformation of disability social security. There are currently two separate assessments for the two key disability benefits – personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA). This contract will see a “one-stop” test for both and was issued a few weeks after work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd launched a small-scale trial to test the feasibility of a merger.

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The Guardian

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