This year the government is spending over £50 billion to support those with disabilities and health conditions. This is around 2.5% of GDP, and over 6% of overall government spending. This year, spending on the main disability benefits – PIP, DLA and Attendance Allowance – will have been £5 billion higher than in 2010.
Like many animal lovers across the country, I was delighted with the Government’s announcement last month that it intends to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. The ban will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten must either deal directly with the breeder, or with one of the nation’s many animal rehoming centres.