Scope responds to today's Budget

Scope responds to today’s Budget and its impact on disabled people.

Cuts to future Employment Support Allowance

Disability charity Scope has responded to the Chancellor’s Budget announcement that new claimants of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) will have the value of their benefits cut by £30 per week.

Elliot Dunster, Head of policy, Research and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope: 

“The government has pledged to get a million more disabled people into work. 

But cutting the money that disabled people will receive on Employment Support Allowance is not the answer. 

It will make life harder at a time when disabled people are already struggling to make ends meet.

Back to work schemes like the Work Programme are not working for disabled people. 

They don’t provide disabled people with the specialist, personalised support that they need to find work.

Disabled people are pushing hard to find jobs and get on at work, but they continue to face huge barriers. 

We need the support that disabled people get while using this benefit to be more effective. 

Disabled people should receive specialist, personalised support that is appropriate to the kind of work they're looking for. 

We strongly urge the government to radically reform and improve its back to work schemes.”

 

Protection of Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments

Elliot Dunster, Head of policy, Research and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope:

“We are very pleased that the government has not backed away from its commitment to safeguard the value of the Personal Independence Payment.

Life costs more if you are disabled. From higher energy bills to specialist equipment – research shows that this adds up to on average £550 per month. 

Extra costs payments – Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – are a financial lifeline for disabled people. Extra costs can make it extremely hard for disabled people to pay the bills.

It’s critical the government continues to protect the value of these extra costs payments.”

No funding for social care

Elliot Dunster, Head of policy, Research and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope:

“It’s disappointing that social care was not included in the Chancellor’s statement. 

A third of social care users are disabled adults.  

Social care is vital for supporting disabled people to live independently. 

But chronic underfunding has seen dramatic year-on-year rationing of support, excluding thousands of disabled people from the care they desperately need, to get up, get dressed and get out of the house. 

The Chancellor’s commitment to invest in the NHS must be matched by investment in the social care system. 

It is crucial that the Government includes a sustainable funding settlement for care in the Comprehensive Spending Review later this year.” 

Ends

Notes to the editor:

For more information and interviews contact the Scope press office on 0207 619 7200. 

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