AN MP has blasted the Government over fears that 4,000 of his constituents will lose benefits under new reforms.
New research shows that the region’s economy is set to lose more than £170million a year from welfare reform.
Easington MP Grahame Morris says the Coalition is forcing through changes which will see 60,000 of the 140,000 North East claimants moved off incapacity benefits by 2014.
A university study showed East Durham has one of the highest rates of adults of working age claiming incapacity benefits in the country and will be hardest hit by reforms, as will areas such as Sunderland.
In Easington, 4,200 people face losing their incapacity benefit and of those, 2,000 will lose benefits altogether.
Mr Morris said: “The effects of these changes won’t hurt the affluent south, but will be a body-blow to the poorest areas in the North-East.
“Why doesn’t the Government start at the top with the individuals and multi-nationals who are evading paying billions of pounds in tax each year?”