Lichfield’s MP says Iain Duncan Smith has “put the case well” over changes to Personal Independence Payments.
Michael Fabricant has previously come under fire for claiming that changes to disability benefits would prevent people from “taking the British taxpayer for a ride”.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has since resigned from his post in the Cabinet claiming cuts were “not defensible”.
Mr Fabricant said that while some changes are fair, he has voiced his opposition to other changes.
“When I was asked last week why I voted for changes in the Employment and Support Allowance and the Work Related Activity Group I explained no-one on those current benefits would be affected, but after 2017 an independent medical check would be made of new applicants to determine whether someone was capable of work either full time or part time,” he said. I believe that to be fair.
“However, last week we had not yet decided on changes to Personal Independence Payments and I made it very clear to the highest in Government on Thursday night that I could not support those changes in any vote as I believe they go too far and are unfair. I was not alone.
“As I understand it, the changes have now been withdrawn subject to ‘further consultation’. That makes sense.
“Iain Duncan Smith has put the case well.”