Ministers finally admit – almost – that they COULD assess overall cuts impact | DisabledGo News and Blog

The government appears to have finally admitted that it could carry out an assessment of the overall impact of its cuts and reforms on disabled people… if it had the right “tools”. Ministers have consistently denied – despite evidence from their own social security and equality advisers, and independent experts – that it is possible to assess the overall damage caused to disabled people by their austerity policies on health, social care and welfare. But now, in a response to a petition on the UK parliament website, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has suggested that its position has quietly shifted. The petition was launched by the WOWcampaign – and is a follow-up to an earlier petition that forced a Commons debate on the need for a cumulative impact assessment (CIA) – and has so far secured nearly 30,000 signatures. As soon as the new petition passed 10,000 signatures, the government was forced to respond. In this response, DWP argues that it is not possible, using its

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