27 January 2016
The House of Lords has voted to remove the cut to ESA WRAG from the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by 283 to 198.
If the proposed changes are introduced, from April 2017 new ESA claimants who are placed in the Work Related Activity Group will receive the same rate as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – a reduction in financial support from £101 to £73. The changes will affect around 500,000 disabled people in the WRAG.
Elliot Dunster, group head of policy, research and public affairs at disability charity Scope, says:
“We’re pleased the Lords have recognised the impact that cutting Employment and Support Allowance will have on disabled people.
“Reducing disabled people’s incomes won’t incentivise them to find a job. It will just make life harder.
“Disabled people are pushing to find jobs and get on at work, but they continue to face huge barriers, from employer attitudes to inaccessible workplaces.
“The Government has committed to supporting one million more disabled people into work.
“To meet this ambitious target, the Government must invest in expert, tailored support and encourage employers to create flexible, modern workplaces.
“Cutting disabled people’s support is not the answer. We urge the Government to recognise the strong opposition to its plans and reconsider.”
Notes to the editor:For more information and interview call Jenna Pudelek in the Scope press office on 0207 619 7155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.