By John Pring, Disability News Service.
The chancellor has sparked an angry reaction after pledging to make another £10 billion worth of benefit cuts in the first year after the next general election.
George Osborne made the promise – later backed by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith – in a speech to the annual Conservative party conference in Birmingham.
The promised cuts to welfare spending will come on top of reductions of £18 billion during the five years of the current parliament.
Neil Coyle, director of policy and campaigns for Disability Rights UK, said: “We never saw a full impact assessment for the last set of cuts and how they will affect disabled people.
“Most of those measures have not been implemented and yet the government is already looking to cut more from disadvantaged groups, including disabled people.”
He said he believed the government would find some of the £10 billion in cuts by extending personal independence payment – the planned replacement for working-age disability living allowance – to older people.
John McArdle, a founding member of the grassroots disabled people’s organisation Black Triangle, said the organisation was hearing “heart-breaking” stories every day about disabled people “living in absolute fear and dread” because of cuts to benefits and other support.
He said: “What more is there to cut? People are already dying from neglect because of these cuts. If you cut more, more people will die.”
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