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Carers to lose £3,000 after benefit changes

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AT least 450 carers will lose £3,000 because of changes to the benefit system, according to the Scottish Government. Holyrood have also said that the final figure could be much higher, but the Department for Work and Pension is holding back information.

The news came as the Conservative Government confirmed plans for “significant” cuts to benefits over the next decade.

In answer to a Parliamentary Question submitted by MSP Christina McKelvie, the Scottish Government have estimated that 450 people who receive carer’s allowance “would lose over £3,000 per year, in Scotland as a result of the move from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment (PIP)”.

The written answer continues: “However, this estimate was based on a DWP impact assessment which was published in 2013, at the start of the PIP implementation. Since then, the rollout has been subject to delays and so we do not have a clear position…

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