Fears over welfare reform

Disabled people across the Meridian region are fearful for the future as a result of the Government's planned changes to benefits.

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  1. Christine Alsford

Concerns disability benefits shakeup could end independence for some

Many disabled people fear that planned changes to the welfare system will leave many of them struggling to live independently. Under the reforms, every disabled person of working age is going to be reassessed - and one in five will not qualify for help in the future.

However, the Government says that we need to tackle the welfare budget - and reduce a bill that, for some disability benefits, has grown by more than a third in a decade.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

The interviewees are: Michael Grimmett, who receives disability benefits; Gail Loynes, a disability advisor; the Paralympic athlete Sophie Christiansen; and Simon Skuse, a stroke survivor.

The report is followed by a studio discussion about the topic.

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