Tory ministers have rewritten the law to deny increased disability benefit payments to more than 150,000 people

Tribunals had said the DWP should expand the reach of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – but the government warned this would cost it £3.7bn

Panicking Tory ministers have rewritten the law to deny increased benefit payments to more than 150,000 people.

Two tribunals had ruled the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should expand the reach of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – which helps disabled people fund their living costs.

 Yet the DWP warned that would cost £3.7bn extra by 2022 – so unveiled emergency legislation to stop the change happening.

Tory Disabilities Minister Penny Mordaunt said her move would “make sure we are giving support to those who need it most” – and insisted no one who had already been claiming PIP would see payments drop.

But there was fury after she tightened the law without consulting the government’s own Social Security Advisory Committee.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams stormed: “Instead of listening to the court’s criticisms of PIP assessments and correcting these injustices, this government have instead decided to undermine the legal basis of the rulings.

Read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/benefits-cut-change-tory-pip-9906018?

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