PM refuses to rule out further cuts to disability benefits

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Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly refused to rule out more cuts to disability benefits if she is re-elected next month.

May avoided giving a direct answer to an reporter from The Independent when pressed on the potential for more cuts.

She told the newspaper: “If you look at what we’ve been doing on disability benefits, what we have done is look at focusing disability benefit payments on those who are most in need. In fact we are spending more on disability benefit payments than has been done by any government in the past.”

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“We have changed the way that disability benefits have been paid and I know there are some issues that people continue to raise about assessments that are made on those payments. But we will continue to be moving to a system that ensures we are supporting those most in need.”

The Government was forced last year to revert its decision to cut the personal independence payment allowance by £4.4bn after pressure from its own back benchers.

A similar rebellion would be unlikely if the Conservatives returned to office in June given current polls.

Campaigners have claimed that cuts to disability benefits will affect people to purchase equipment and living aids vital to their independence.

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