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Turn2us' response to the Budget 2016

  • 17/03/2016
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed reductions to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in today’s Budget; however no additional cuts have been announced to welfare and support.

George Osborne with budget briefcase

In a Budget statement perhaps more notable for what it left out, Chancellor George Osborne has announced a number of measures to support small businesses and the self-employed, alongside an expected increase in income tax thresholds for basic and higher rate taxpayers. However in a move that may be designed to avoid controversy and, as predicted by us earlier today in our 'What you might expect to see in the Budget news story, there have been no new announcements on welfare aside from those previously mentioned regarding Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The disabilities Minister Justin Tomlinson announced on Friday that the government would be cutting Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in a bid to “better target support”.However, many have voiced concern that the move will make it harder for those living with a disability or illness to afford a basic standard of living. Today’s statement confirmed that move, with further details released by the Treasury reiterating that changes to how eligibility is assessed will reduce the award made in many cases.

Turn2us comment

Turn2us Chief Executive Simon Hopkins commented: “As a charity that was founded well before the creation of the welfare state, we know only too well the important role that it plays in supporting those that cannot afford a basic standard of living. This has been an unsettling year for many that rely on such support and the Welfare Reform Bill, as well as the upcoming changes to the benefits system in April, will add to the confusion that many may feel.

"It is welcome that the Chancellor has not announced any new explicit reductions in this budget. However we are concerned about the impact that the changes in Personal Independence Payment will have on those living with an illness or disability. In addition, a number of changes coming in this April mean that for many of those struggling financially things are not going to get any easier.

“What is always crucial to those who are struggling is the need for clarity and certainty. Any Budget brings changes, so any agency – whether it’s a charity, public body or any other organisation – that can provide information that is relevant and accessible for people has a crucial role to play at this time. Anyone wanting to know what help they may be eligible for should visit our Find Benefits and Grants webpage."

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