The government is seeking to cut half a million people from the disability benefits list when the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is introduced.
However it appears the coalition is willing to make some concessions on its hard line stance to welfare reform after suffering three defeats in the House of Lords.
PIP is set to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as part of government plans to reform the welfare state.
Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People, told the Sun that ministers are aiming to cut the number of 16 to 64-year-olds on the allowance from 2.2 million to 1.7 million when PIP is introduced.
Under the new benefit, claimants will have a face-to-face assessment, regular check-ups and be eligible for several months before receiving any payments.
This final element has particularly angered disability rights groups who argued that it could leave many disabled people with no income for as much as six months under the original plans.
But it seems the government maybe about to ease the level of this requirement.
According to a BBC report, ministers have backed an amendment that will halve the eligibility period from six months to three.
And as COVER previously reported, it appears the mobility component for those in care homes will be retained after Lord Freud, the Welfare Reform Minister, tabled another amendment removes the clause.
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