IDS: Reforms of disability benefit 'common sense'

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has welcomed reforms to disability benefits will end the "ridiculous" system that gives people lifetime awards.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: "Seventy per cent of people on it have lifetime awards which means no one sees you ever again. It doesn’t matter if you get better or your condition worsens – it’s quite ridiculous".

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the reforms were common sense

"There are websites dedicated to telling you how to avoid the pitfalls of making a claim for DLA. We’ve seen a rise in the run-up to PIP. And you know why? They know PIP has a health check. They want to get in early, get ahead of it. It’s a case of “get your claim in early”.

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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.