Vouchers and social care packages to replace cash for disability benefits claimants under Tory welfare shake-up

29 April 2024, 08:32

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak gives a speech in central London, Friday April 19, 2024. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP)
Cash benefits will be replaced with vouchers and mental health sufferers given therapy under a new Tory welfare crack down. Picture: Alamy
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Cash benefits will be replaced with vouchers and mental health sufferers given therapy under a new Tory welfare crack down.

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Other proposals being considered included asking claimants to provide receipts for what they spend on,as the Work and Pensions Secretary tells LBC now is the time to review the benefits system.

The plans come ahead of the local elections this week where the Tories are expected to take heavy losses.

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The announcement of the welfare changes will come from Rishi Sunak on Monday on a trip outside of Westminster.

The steps come after Mr Sunak called for an end to 'sick note culture' as part of an overhaul to the benefits system earlier this month.

The PM warned against "over-medicalising the everyday challenges and worries of life" in an earlier speech on welfare reform.

Mr Sunak used the speech to unveil his vision for a "new welfare settlement for Britain" - pledging not to dismiss or downplay illness but to call for a "more ambitious" approach to helping people back to work.

He said the focus must shift to what work people might be able to do, amid concerns that some are being unnecessarily written off as sick and "parked on welfare".

Mr Sunak added that there is a "growing body of evidence that good work can actually improve mental and physical health".

Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride told LBC’s Nick Ferrari at Breakfast said: “now is the time” to review the benefits system.

He said it was essential not to fall into the situation of “over medicalising, or labelling people that perhaps have the normal ups and downs of life,” but said helping those people in to work was essential.

“I’m on a mission, wherever I can, when somebody is capable and able to work I was to support them 110% to get them into a job.”

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