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The Scottish Labour Party has been accused of an ‘appalling error of judgement’ after voting to continue the national rollout of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

PIP is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as part of widespread welfare reforms introduced by the Tory-led coalition Government.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) say the new benefit could lead to 105,000 disabled people in Scotland losing vital financial support, worth at least £1,120 per year.

47,000 disabled people with severe mobility issues are expected to lose up to £2,964 per year under the new system, say the SNP.

According to the SNP, “Labour attempted to delete a call for Westminster to halt the rollout of PIPs” from a motion being debated in the Scottish Parliament.

SNP say Labour MSP’s “lined up to support the Tory Government’s appalling plans to cut support for disabled people”. Adding: “Labour in Scotland will always back their party bosses”.

The original motion put before the  Scottish Parliament by Margaret Burgess reads:

“Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament notes the damaging and destructive impact of the UK Government’s welfare policies on disabled people across Scotland; recognises that around 105,000 working age disabled people will lose some or all of their disability benefits by 2018 as the result of the replacement of disability living allowance with personal independence payment (PIP), with a loss of at least £1,120 per year and, as a consequence of changes in eligibility to the mobility component, 47,000 disabled people are expected to lose up to £2,964 per year; notes that wider benefit reforms are having a disproportionate impact on disabled people, who already face higher costs of living, and calls on the UK Government to halt the roll out of PIP, which will severely disadvantage disabled people across Scotland.”

SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said:

“This is absolutely shocking behaviour from Labour who have today lined up to support the Tory Government’s appalling plans to cut support for disabled people.

“The rollout of Personal Independence Payments has been a shambles since day one and it is hard to see why Labour has given their support to cutting support worth hundreds of pounds a year to people with disabilities.

“It shows that when it comes down to it, Labour in Scotland will always back their party bosses at Westminster over the needs of people in Scotland.

“With the Smith Commission currently looking at Scotland gaining welfare responsibilities, it is entirely reasonable to expect the rollout of PIPs to be halted.

“Westminster’s repeated failures when it comes to welfare show that Scotland needs to gain responsibility for welfare so that we can support vulnerable people instead of punishing them.”

Welfare Weekly has found evidence of at least three attempted edits of the original motion (see above), including by Labour MSP Jackie Baillie.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I have looked at this and this is true. There are two major changes One is the walking distance the other being one can’t get allowance for cooking alone. In PIP there has to be a need for both cooking and bathing /personal care. There will be a dramatic knock on effect with people who currently have mobility vehicles could loose them and as a result not be able to carry on working. As someone on a lifetime award and suffering a condition wherein it would take a miracle for any improvement I don’t see why I need to have to be re assessed. I have heard of people with degenerative conditions who have been told they will be able to return to work in a years time! All of this a a waste of money time and cause distress

  2. Now that the DWP have delayed PIP for those claimants, who have had a lifetime or indefinite DLA awards, until October2015.
    That means that we have had 5 years (2010/2015) of mental torture so far,they will be asking old aged pensioners aged 66, 67, and 68 to go for medical assessment’s at that age it’s out of order. And it’s all wrong. As this is the only country in the EU that will be sending pensioners, and people, with indefinite
    and lifetime awards for medicals, this is disgusting way to treat people as some whom have worked most of their lives.
    My question was Will the Labour party be scraping medical assessments for people and the OAP’S afterthe next election.

    I’ve been asking this question since the autumn statement of 2010, now I know why I haven’t had a reply.

  3. Now that the DWP have delayed PIP for thoseclaimants, who have had a lifetime or indefinite DLA awards, until October2015.
    That means that we have had 5 years (2010/2015) of mental torture so far,they will be asking old aged pensioners aged 66, 67, and 68 to go for medical assessment’s at that age is out of order. And it’s all wrong. As this is the only country in the EU that will be sending pensioners, and people, with indefinite
    and lifetime awards for medicals, this is disgusting way to treat people as some whom have worked most of their lives.
    My question is Will the Labour party be scraping medical assessments for people
    and the OAP’S after the next election. I’ve been asking this question since the
    autumn statement of 2010, now I know why I haven’t had a reply.

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