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Disability campaigners criticise welfare changes

Disability Rights UK have criticised the Government's plans Credit: PA

Disability rights campaigners have poured doubt on the Government's plans to change the welfare payments system.

Proposed changes to the eligibility criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - to be implemented in January - are "not needed", according to Disability Rights UK.

In a statement on its website, the charity said the changes earmarked would make it harder for many disabled people to qualify for PIP in future.

The organisation described the current PIP assessment as failing to consider the extra costs for housebound people who will have higher heating bills, or those with incontinence who will have bigger water bills due to washing their clothes more often.

We would like to see an assessment which accurately reflect these additional costs.

However, the current system represents a significant improvement over all of the suggested options in the consultation.

PIP needs change, but PIP does not need this change.

– Disability Rights UK

Meanwhile, the MS Society said the changes could be "devastating" for multiple sclerosis suffers and would "fail some of the most vulnerable people in society".

Scope: Two-thirds of disabled adults 'treated differently'

The disabled charity Scope has exclusively revealed to ITV News that two-thirds of disabled adults say they are still treated differently, 20 years after the Disability Discrimination Act.

It also reveals:

40%
of disabled people say the UK is a good place to be a disabled person
49%
have experienced discrimination in shops, a third (31%) in cinemas and theatre
67%
of the public admit that they feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people
42%
feel they have missed out on a job “every time” or “a lot of the time” because of their disability
250,000
Nearly a quarter of a million disabled people said they had been treated unfairly by an employer
£550
The amount disabled people spend an average on disability related costs
1 in 10
disabled people pay an extra £1000 a month in additional living costs
  • Source: Scope
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