Government distorted research on reforms to disability benefit, says campaign group

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e367
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

As the Welfare Reform Bill reaches its final stages in the House of Lords, a campaign group has published a report that is strongly critical of the proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance in the bill.

It says that the government misrepresented the results of its consultation on the changes and has exaggerated rises in the cost of the allowance, which will be replaced by a new benefit, Personal Independence Payments, if the bill becomes law. The consultation was itself flawed, the report says, because it lasted only 10 weeks, not the 12 recommended in the code of practice, and the bill was presented to parliament two days before the consultation ended, meaning that not all submissions could have been taken into …

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