Parliamentary review on ESA cutback

18 December 2015

A review scheduled for the 8 December will take place discussing the proposed cut in Employment Support Allowance (ESA) for those in the Work Related Activity, which is most likely to affect disabled people.

As of April 2017, anyone claiming ESA will be subject to a reduction of £30 per week. This means the original payment of £102.15 a week will now decrease to a total of £73.10.

The review will be led by Lord Low of Dalston, Baroness Meacher and Baroness Grey-Thompson, who are currently independent Peers in the House of Lords.

Lord Low commented:

“Charities have raised with me and other Peers their concerns about how the reduction in Employment and Support Allowance for those in the Work Related Activity Group might affect disabled people.

I’m please therefore to have been asked to lead a review taking evidence from disabled people themselves, as well as interested charities and other organisations. I hope when the review reports in December, it aids the debate on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and is useful to Government, the sector and of course disabled people themselves.”

The new cut is said to encourage sick and disabled claimants into work as opposed to claiming ESA. However, campaigners say it overlooks a lot of the barriers faced by people who are in the WRAG and how this prevents them from work and prejudice amongst employers.

The review is supported by disability charities Disabilty Rights UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mind, MS Society, National Autistic Society, RNIB, Mencap and Scope to name a few.

It will address how losing £30 a week will affect the day-to-day lives of disable people, and whether or not it will help them move closer to work.

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