Minister defends changes to welfare system

There's a lot of misleading stories about the impact of our welfare reforms on disabled people.

The truth is - as the Paralympics showed - the UK continues to be a world-leader in the rights for disabled people - as so wonderfully showcased by the Paralympics.

However too often under the current system we are spending money on overpayments where people's conditions have changed, with £630m a year on DLA alone.

Our welfare reforms will ensure the billions we spend, better reflect today's understanding of disability and offer the targeted support disabled people need to live independent lives.

– Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey

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