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It has been an eventful few weeks in Westminster. Proposed cuts to Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were announced ahead of the Budget. It was estimated that these cuts would have resulted in 200,000 working age disabled people losing an average of £3,000 each year. The Trust voiced our concerns over the proposed cuts.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, resigned two days after the Budget, citing the proposed cuts. A number of Conservative backbench MPs also expressed concerns about the cuts.

The new DWP Secretary, Stephen Crabb, subsequently announced that the cuts to PIP will not be introduced. The Government would not clarify where the £4.4bn to fund PIP over the next few years would be found in the Budget, and other benefit cuts or freezes previously announced will still go ahead.

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