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Debate on welfare reform

An MP has warned that the government's plans on welfare reform are causing "mental anguish" for disabled people.

Labour MP for Gateshead Ian Mearns led a debate on 18 December 2012 on proposals to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in 2013 by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

He claimed the changes were hitting the most vulnerable in society.

"It feels like malice that has no bounds," he stated.

The DLA is divided into two components - care (between £20.55 and £77.45 a week) and mobility (between £20.55 and £54.05 a week). Claimants may qualify for one or both components.

However the government says under the existing situation, money is too often wasted on overpayments where people's conditions have changed.

"These are principled reforms we should be proud of delivering," concluded the Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey.

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