Why does this disability minister keep getting away with misleading MPs?

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You may have missed it during the Brexit fray, but the minister for disabled people Sarah Newton was forced to apologise after misleading MPs earlier this month.

In December, during a Westminster Hall debate on the cumulative impact of changes to disability support, Newton told MPs that Department for Work & Pensions figures show that: “Poverty for people in families with a disabled person has improved since 2010 on three of the four measures, and there was no change in the fourth.”

That last part is wrong. After housing costs, relative low income among families that contain someone with a disability has actually increased by 1 percentage point, as revealed by the Disability News Service – the only place to report on this story.


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