New spending cap will include DLA, AA, PIP… and ESA

The government is to limit the total amount spent every year on social security, including key disability benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) and disability living allowance (DLA).

The Conservative chancellor, George Osborne, confirmed today (Thursday) in his autumn statement that he was pushing ahead with plans for a cap on “overall welfare spending”.

Osborne said the government needed to take further action to curb social security spending, on top of the £21.6 billion annual cuts already announced since 2010.

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