The government is right to look at the DLA

Mark Littlewood appears on Newsnight

Mark Littlewood discussed changes to the Disability Living Allowance on Newsnight following government plans to reassess it. He argued that although removing certain aspects of the DLA sounds harsh, there has not been a proper assessment of the status quo.

The number of DLA claimants has risen from 2mn to 3.2mn despite incapacity benefits falling. We have not had a robust system to ensure people are claiming rightfully and thus the government is right to look at the DLA. With an aim to save money we cannot assume that £12bn, twice the amount spent on unemployment benefit for example, is being optimally spent.

Watch here. Segments start at 20:00 and 28:11.

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