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Blackpool residents are biggest losers in welfare cuts

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People in Blackpool will lose more money than anywhere else in the country when the benefits changes start according to a study.

Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University say working age people in the resort will be worse off by £910 each through welfare cuts.

Academics assessed the financial impact of changes made by the Conservative-led coalition to housing benefit, disability living allowance, child benefit, tax credits, council tax benefit and several other hand-outs.

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Disability Living Allowance replacement introduced

A new benefit which replaces the Disability Living Allowance for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64 is introduced in the North West today.

The personal independence payment will be phased in across the North West

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme will first be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and north-east England.

It will be rolled out nationally for all new claims from June 2013.

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The Personal Independence Payment scheme

  • The personal independence payment scheme is being introduced for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64.
  • From today, it will be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and North East England. It will be rolled out nationally from June.
  • Currently, there are no current plans to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving it.
  • Some people may require an assessment to work out the level of help needed.
  • Most people currently getting DLA will not by affected by the change until 2015, according to the government.

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