MP’s ‘disgust’ at benefits reform

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane launched a blistering attack on the Government’s proposals to cut benefits for disabled people.

The Rotherham MP spoke during a House of Commons debate on the change, which he said would affect people who rely on disability living allowance.

Mr MacShane told Parliament: “I whole-heartedly support the motion on disability benefits and social care being brought before the House.

“I am disgusted and ashamed that the Department of Work and Pensions has dropped the aim of achieving disability equality.

“The voices, rights and needs of disabled people and their carers cannot and should not go unheard.”

Critics say the reforms will take disability living allowance from 500,000 disabled people and employment and support allowance from 280,000 former workers. They called on the Government to re-start the consultation on the closure of Remploy factories.