Disability benefit cuts are among policies “changing things for the better”, the new Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said. Mr Crabb made the claim at his first Work and Pensions Questions session in the House of Commons, during which he was asked how he differed from his recently departed predecessor Iain Duncan Smith. Owen Smith, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, has urged a U-turn on ESA cuts, telling Mr Crabb that disabled people would be “be disappointed he won’t reverse” them. He also cited changes to pensions for women born in the 1950s and cuts to in-work benefits incorporated into Universal Credit. But Mr Crabb defended the Government’s approach, saying there was “no reason” to change it. “We are a government that has helped deliver the changes that has seen a huge fall in workless household, we’re seeing nearly half a million more children growing up in a home, seeing a mum or dad going up to work,” he said. “There is no reason to change policies that
Disability campaigners have welcomed reports that the new Work and Pensions Secretary is considering sacking under-performing disability assessment contractors.
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