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Disability campaigners angry over Coalition benefit changes

Disability campaigners protesting in London Photo: ITV Central

Government plans to replace the Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments have dismayed the campaign group Disability Action UK.

The proposals could affect more than 300,000 people across the Midlands.

Sharon Sutton is one of them. She is partially-sighted, and currently works full time.

She is worried that she may not qualify for the new benefit, which would make her life more difficult.

"I'd lose a lot of independence. I wouldn't be able to pay for bus fares into work in the morning. I pay a full rent and council tax and it would be impossible for me to be able to fund myself, coming to work.”

Asked how she would feel if she had to give up her job, Sutton replied:

“You may as well cut my legs off. There would be no purpose really."

– Sharon Sutton

The Government rejects the figures from Disability Action UK.

The Coalition claim that the Disability Living Allowance is not distributed effectively, with 71% of people receiving it without systematic checks to see if their condition has changed.

They hope that the Person Independence Payment will target support to those who need it most.