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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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Disability Living Allowance replacement introduced

A new benefit which replaces the Disability Living Allowance for people with a health condition or disability aged 16 to 64 is introduced today.

The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme will first be introduced for new claims in Merseyside, North West England, Cumbria, Cheshire and north-east England.

The personal independence payment will be phased in.

It will be rolled out nationally for all new claims from June 2013.

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