John McDonnell: George Osborne is 'morally reprehensible'

Posted On: 
16th March 2016
John McDonnell has launched a bitter attack on George Osborne over cuts to a disability benefit.

The Shadow Chancellor said his Tory opposite number was "morally reprehensible" after it emerged reductions to the Personal Independence Payment are forecast to account for nearly one-third of the Government's total increase in revenues in 2020/21.

According to the Treasury's own figures, the PIP cuts will save the Government nearly £1.3 billion.



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Overall, the Government's coffers are set to be boosted by nearly £4.2 billion that year due to a combination of tax increases and spending cuts.

Mr McDonnell said: "One-third of cuts will fall on people with disabilities - I find that morally reprehensible.

"This was a Budget of failure and the Chancellor's credibility is shot through and unfortunately his failure will hit some of the most vulnerable people in our country."

Under the Government plans, those with mobility problems will have reduced “points” and therefore be less likely to receive PIP. More than 600,000 people are expected to be affected.

PIP claimants currently receive between £21.80 and £139.75 each week.

Mr Osborne today insisted that the amount the Government spends on disability benefits is going up by £1 billion.

“We will continue to deliver sensible reforms to keep Britain living within its means," he said.

“On welfare, last week the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions set out changes that will ensure within the rising disability budget, support is better targeted at those who need it most."