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Disability rights campaigners have poured doubt on the Government's plans to change the welfare payments system.
Proposed changes to the eligibility criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - to be implemented in January - are "not needed", according to Disability Rights UK.
In a statement on its website, the charity said the changes earmarked would make it harder for many disabled people to qualify for PIP in future.
The organisation described the current PIP assessment as failing to consider the extra costs for housebound people who will have higher heating bills, or those with incontinence who will have bigger water bills due to washing their clothes more often.
Meanwhile, the MS Society said the changes could be "devastating" for multiple sclerosis suffers and would "fail some of the most vulnerable people in society".
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Up to 640,000 people could be impacted by changes to welfare payments as the Government hopes to save £1.2 billion.