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“Untenable human costs”: a new report reveals the shocking cruelty of Britain’s disability benefits

The work and pensions committee has highlighted fundamental problems with how Britain cares for disabled citizens 

By Frances Ryan   March 2018

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey leaves No 10. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

If you need an insight into the moral fibre of a government, you need look no further than how it treats its disabled citizens.

On Wednesday, the work and pensions select committee released a scathing report into Britain’s disability benefit system, warning “a pervasive lack of trust is undermining its entire operation.” It detailed an assessment process all too familiar to the hundreds of thousands of disabled and chronically ill people pushed through it in recent years—one riddled with…

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