MP raises flexibility of benefit following Mencap meeting

Steve Brine raised the subject of some of the flexibility of incapacity benefit in the Commons on Monday 25th June, following his meeting with Winchester Mencap the previous Friday.

Steve met with the charity following the launch of the Safer Places scheme and as well as writing to the Department of Work & Pensions on their behalf, he questioned Chris Grayling in DWP Questions.

Steve asked: "Having had a very useful meeting with Winchester Mencap on Friday, may I tell the Minister that it is particularly concerned that some of the flexibility of incapacity benefit should be build into employment and support allowance, as in the experience of many people with a learning disability, any paid work offered often peters out after only a few months?"

In reply, Mr Grayling said: "These are issues that we are very sensitive to. We do everything we can to ensure that the support we provide to people with different forms of challenge and disabilities, through the Work programme and work choice, delivers the best possible and most tailored support.

"We will always engage with the charities involved and discuss how we can enhance the support we provide."

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