DISABLED PEOPLE, carers and parents could all bear the brunt of £12billion Tory welfare cuts according to leaked documents.
Department for Work and Pensions papers set out plans to save £12billion by restricting Carer’s Allowance to those on Universal Credit – meaning 40% of claimants would lose out.
Documents, drawn up by civil servants for the Tories, also suggest limiting child benefit to the first two children and a benefits cap of £23,000.
And £1billion would be saved by replacing the Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme with a company insurance scheme.
The DWP could save £1.3billion in 2018/19 by ending the contributory element of Employment and Support Allowance and Jobseekers Allowance, meaning more than 300,000 families losing about £80 per week.
But the DWP said the document obtained by the BBC was “ill informed and inaccurate speculation.”
It added: “Officials spend a lot of time generating proposals – many not commissioned by politicians.
“It’s wrong and misleading to suggest that any part of this is part of our plan,” said a spokesman for Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary.
The disclosure will pile pressure on David Cameron and George Osborne to set out how they will make their proposal £12billion of welfare cuts. But Tories refused to commit to publishing their plans before the election.
Mr Cameron has previoulsy praised carers and could face a major backlash ahead of the election if he pushes ahead with cuts to the Carer’s Allowance.
Rosanna Trudgian of the charity Mencap, told the BBC: “Disabled people don’t choose their disability. They don’t choose to pay for these additional costs related to their disability.”
Labour’s Shadow Works and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves MP said; “The Tories now need to come clean about what cuts they plan to make and who will pay the price.
“If they are ruling out these extreme cuts, for the disabled and carers then it is clear they will be hitting the tax credits, and support for children, for millions of working families.