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Personal Independence payment ((PIP) is failing in its primary purpose of cutting the benefits bill, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

The government introduced PIP with the aim of cutting spending on disability benefits by 20%.

However, a predicted spend of £13.6bn on disability benefits in 2018-19 is now forecast to be £18bn.

Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions select committee told the Independent:

"Clearly the Government was as over-optimistic with PIP as it has been with universal credit.

"Its failure to deliver either project on time, as well as to achieve the savings it had assumed would be possible, has resulted in a series of cuts having to be made elsewhere in the welfare budget. One way of saving money, of course, would be to ensure a higher percentage of PIP assessments return accurate decisions.”

You can read the full story in the Independent.


#2 Griffin 2017-05-10 18:05
"Chair" is now days commonly used to avoid gender issues. Anything that ends with "man" is mostly changed similarly. So no, there's no reason why the author means something other than "chair". In addition, many words have dual meanings depending on context.
#1 Thisismyname 2017-05-06 02:22
The author of the article means "chairman" and not "chair". A chair is something to be sat upon.

As for the government desiring to decrease the benefits bill further, the total sum of benefits paid to claimants each year is a tiny figure compared to unclaimed benefits. All the hare-brained schemes the government keeps inventing to stop people's benefits, yet all the money saved from these schemes can never match the money that is never paid to those truly entitled to it.

There must be a lot of claimants receiving benefits for mental health problems that would be improved instantly if there was not a party of muppets in control.

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