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Poll: UK divided over benefits

As major changes to disability benefits begin to come into force in the North of England today, the latest Index poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals that the British public is deeply divided over the benefit reforms.

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Benefit changes aimed at 'understanding disability'

The minister for disabled people, Esther McVey, said changes to the benefit system are about "understanding disability in the 21st century" and adapting a system which will work better in the future.

Esther McVey, Minister for disabled people Credit: Daybreak

Speaking about the Personal Independence Payment plans, Mrs McVey said: "What we've got to do is ensure the billions of pounds that we spend, really are focused on those people who need it the most."

She added that independent assessments would be carried out along the way, to make sure the Government is "getting it right."

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