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UK: Government says leaked memo on disability benefits cuts ‘out of date’

Posted 14/9-10 at 20.15

A leaked document, dated from June, appears to suggest that ministers had had reached an agreement to cut disability benefits by £2.5bn.

The chief secretary of the Treasury wouldn't comment on the document, but said, ‘We are looking for significant savings in the welfare system. Savings that are fair; savings that encourage people to get out to work.'

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said: ‘The government's promise to ensure fairness in the budget cuts is undermined by the revelation of its plans to cut £2.5bn of support to disabled people.'





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