Poverty Estimates

On Monday I asked at Work and Pensions questions about future estimates of disabled people who will be in poverty, after discovering from House of Commons Library statisticians that based on the Department’s own Households Below Average Income 2010/11  publication, that around 2.3 million disabled people are in poverty.

The question and response can be read here and are also reproduced below:

T4. [139412] Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (Lab): More than 2.3 million people with disabilities currently live in poverty. Given that fewer than half of all disabled people are in work, that we have a contracting economy and that at least £6.7 billion is being cut from disability benefits, how many more disabled people do the Government estimate will be living in poverty at the end of this Parliament?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Esther McVey): Let me say straight away that I do not recognise the hon. Lady’s figures at all.  What I can tell her is that £50 billion is spent every year on support and benefits, and that will continue. We are spending £13 billion a year on disability living allowance, and we will continue spending that when people are moved on to the personal independence payment. We are doing a lot and we are protecting the most vulnerable, as acknowledged around the world.


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