Our 23,000 'disabled' citizens

Nearly 23,000 people in the district are claiming disability benefits totalling £81m a year, figures show.

The Government revealed the details to justify replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a new benefit focused more on disabled people.

The statistics showed there are 22,890 Kirklees residents on DLA, some of whom are claiming for drug and alcohol abuse.

The DLA, which costs taxpayers £12bn nationally, is to be replaced by the more targeted Personal Independence Payment. Minister for disabled people Maria Miller said: “It can't be right that more people get DLA for drug and alcohol abuse than blindness.”

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