Business leader Brett McLean slams proposals to cut disability benefit

A BUSINESS representative has hit out at Government plans to cut benefits for those who have lost a limb.

Brett McLean, regional chairman of the East Sussex branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and patron to the charity, Limbcare UK, said more than 300 people in Hastings and Rother face losing their benefit entitlement.

Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary, said radical reforms are needed in the disability benefits system, which could mean 500,000 people across the UK on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) losing their benefit over the next four years.

DLA can be claimed by people with a physical or mental disability. This has to be severe enough that they need help caring for themselves or have difficulty walking.

The Department for Work and Pensions wants to replace DLA with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and current DLA claimants would be reassessed.

Mr McLean said: “This is an outrage. How dare the Work and Pensions Secretary try to save money from those that can be considered vulnerable or easy targets.

“First one loses a limb and now these people may lose their DLA.

“This, in my opinion, is quite frankly unacceptable and ruthless.

“If benefit cuts need to be made then let’s look at other options such as Job Seekers Allowance or even Parliamentary allowances.

“I am very concerned that a number of our members who have served in the armed forces and of whom, through their service to this country, have lost a limb are now going to be forced with this unbelievable and unsavoury probability of losing their income.”