I have been deeply frustrated by the government’s approach to supporting those with disabilities. The comments we heard from George Freeman, a government adviser, concerning PIP only reaching the “really disabled” were deeply troubling.
I believe physical and mental disabilities must be treated with parity, and should receive equal funding and resources. The distinctions made by these announced changes create an unfair division which could have a potentially devastating impact for thousands of people who are facing reduced support.
Furthermore, I strongly believe that the reduction in support for people suffering with a variety of serious and challenging mental health problems, including the tens of thousands of people suffering from dementia, is simply wrong.
That this Conservative government could deprive 160,000 disabled people of living a safe, independent life is appalling. Please rest assured that myself and my Labour Party colleagues are united in our opposition to these changes, and that we will continue to do all we can to put pressure on the government to reverse this gravely damaging decision.