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Welfare reforms 'to hit disabled'

Around 500,000 disabled people are "expected to lose out" when the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is scrapped, a new report claimed today.

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Welfare reforms 'will focus benefits on those who need them most'

Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, has told Daybreak that the changes will focus benefits on those who need them most.

She said: "Disability Living Allowance (DLA) came out in the 1990s and it was very much about physical disabilities.

"Now we're adjusting it to take into account disability how we understand it today - mental disabilities as well as fluctuating ones.

"So it is actually understanding disabilities more and it is really focusing benefits to where it's needed most."

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