WEST Dunbartonshire's MP has accused the UK Government of "rank hypocrisy" during a debate in the House of Commons.

SNP member Martin Docherty-Hughes was part of a debate on the Disability Confident scheme, which aims to encourage employers to take on people with disabilities and other health issues.

During a questions session in the chamber, which sought to quiz ministers from the Department of Work and Pensions, MP Robert Halfon asked disabled people minister Justin Tomlinson if all public bodies could be mandated to join the scheme.

In response, the minister said the issue had never been broached by cabinet ministers.

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However, Mr Docherty-Hughes rose to slam the UK Government, claiming that 85 per cent of all applications for the personal independence payment (PIP) which were reviewed changed the initial decision.

The personal independence payment gives people who suffer from medical issues up to £150 a week, in the hopes of helping them remain in their home.

PIP applications are required to be reviewed after a set amount of time, which the recipient is informed about when they first receive the benefit, and a change in circumstances could lead to an increase, reduction or stoppage.

Mr Docherty-Hughes hit out at the level of changes made after reviews, and the impact it has on the people of West Dunbartonshire.

He said: "The minister seeks, in the government’s proposal, to promote Disability Confident employers, but does he not recognise that, in April 2019, 85 per cent of all mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payment modified the original decision?

"Does he not agree that there seems to be rank hypocrisy in promoting Disability Confident employers while the government are impoverishing my constituents in West Dunbartonshire and across the United Kingdom?"

In response, Mr Tomlinson said: "We have over 2 million claimants on PIP, and only 5 per cent of the applications have been taken to appeal.

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"I recognise that those who go through the independent appeal process will, more often than not, have a decision overturned, which is why we have been working extremely hard, through a series of pilots within PIP, on the mandatory reconsideration stage and the independent appeals stage, so that we can get hold of the additional oral and written evidence earlier, which is what is often used to get the decision changed.

"This is an absolute priority for the secretary of state and we are making sure that we are doing everything we can, as quickly as we can."