There's been growing concern over delays in processing payments of a new benefit for thousands of people with disabilities.
Personal Independence Payment, or PIP, was brought in last year.
Granada Reports' Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:
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Kerrie has the latest North West forecast for the next fews days
The former chancellor said a line connecting the east and west coasts must be planned for as the Government presses ahead with HS2.
Showery rain to start Wednesday, but an improving story. Freshening up for the rest of the week with a mix of sunshine & showers