People furious over DWP PIP plans that could see claimaints lose money

-Credit: (Image: PA)
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The Government have confirmed that it will push ahead with plans to change the welfare system, including potentially stopping some Personal Independence payments in exchange for therapies and equipment - and some PlymouthLive readers are furious about the upcoming proposals in our comments section.

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride spoke to a London job centre yesterday, and said that the proposed PIP measures are part of a wider benefits overhaul designed to get British people into jobs traditionally filled by overseas workers.

Mr Stride said that PIP, the primary disability benefit, is "creaking under the weight of the profound changes we've seen in the nature of disability".

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The DWP is considering revisions to the eligibility and assessment process for the benefit, with the possibility that individuals with depression or anxiety might lose their entitlement to regular cash payments of up to £9,500 annually, potentially being offered therapy as an alternative.

Other changes include "skills bootcamps" for the unemployed, which the Government hopes will combine with stricter immigration rules to have British workers fill more spots in the job market.

Speaking at a jobcentre last week, the Cabinet member declared that the UK has been overly reliant on international labour "for too long" and promised to "unleash Britain's hidden army of talent".

He went on to confirm plans to change the welfare system, including a consultation on a proposed overhaul of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme that could potentially see its current £737 monthly payments stopped and replaced with therapeutic support and equipment to assist people in overcoming health issues so they can contribute to the economy.

This reemphasised commitment to reintegrating Brits into the workforce follows the Home Office's introduction of restrictions intended to curb the influx of immigrants. The measures include preventing overseas care workers from bringing family dependants, significantly raised salary entry requirements for skilled occupations to £38,700 and stricter regulations making it more difficult for Britons earning below the national average wage to sponsor foreign spouses, reports BirminghamLive.

Mr Stride said: "I know this presents a recruitment challenge for some employers in certain sectors, particularly those that have relied more on migration in the past, but this is also a huge opportunity for the thousands of jobseekers within our domestic workforce to move into roles that have previously been filled by overseas workers. I see no reason why a British worker cannot be a care worker."

Reader Izzyh said: "It's a bloody disgrace what this Government is doing, especially the disabled people who cannot work like myself who's registered blind. If it was left to that idiot of a PM he'd want people to go back to work when it's impossible."

Commenter Lu11aBe11a said: "PIP isn't a job seekers benefit, it's designed to help disabled people with (a small proportion) of the extra costs they face as a direct result of their disabilities. This proposal isn't to target work shy job-seekers, it's targeting both working disabled people and disabled people unable to work through no choice of their own."

Mecornishbornandbred wrote: "Can a disabled person really work in construction? You will find disability is due to health, not wealth. Us disabled have our disability forced on us due to poor health or circumstance, not by choice. Just by getting rid of PIP will not change that."

Joel24 joked: "Can't wait to get my wheelchair around a construction site, serving food in a restaurant, lifting people in a care home or scooting around in a factory dodging forklifts!".

Barra1 noted the upcoming election: "I hope they do not push out these changes before the General Election happens as a one last hoorah for them to claim that the next lot in power will have to revoke these actions."

Plymouthboy said: "The PM said while announcing the election that 'I have never and will never leave the people of this country to face the darkest of days alone, and you know that because you've seen it.' But yet him and his party are on about this?"

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