» Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Asked whether the PM accepted that 7000 people suffering from cancer will be affected by the change in benefits policy, the PMS said he did not recognise that figure but the Government needed to reform the system because the welfare budget had increased year-on-year, which was unfair to taxpayers, unaffordable and trapping people in a cycle of benefits.

When asked what would happen to those whose illness could last longer than 12 months, the PMS said that they would be independently assessed. If their illness had a severe effect on their ability to work then they would receive ESA. If it was judged that they could return to work at some point, then after 12 months ESA would be means tested.

Asked whether the PM would apologise, the PMS pointed out that his comments at PMQs set out the Government’s position accurately.

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