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Disability benefit delay

The move from Disability Living Allowance to the government’s new Personal Independence Payment system has been delayed. Monday’s roll-out was due to be national but will now only affect claimants in Wales, East and West Midlands and East Anglia.

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  1. Libby Wiener

Disability benefit delay a blow for Iain Duncan Smith

Moving three million people onto a new type of disability benefit, the Personal Independence Payment, was always going to be a complex matter.

And so it has proved - too complex in fact, because the Government has decided to delay the national roll-out of the scheme.

The new disability benefit is one of Iain Duncan Smith's flagship reforms. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/

Ministers insist that this isn't a sign of chaos - that they haven't lost control of events - but that's exactly what Labour is accusing them of.

The problem for Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, is that this is not the first of his flagship reforms to get into trouble.

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