Scope responds to reports that ministers are considering lowering Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

"Disabled people are pushing hard to find jobs and get on at work, but they continue to face huge barriers.
"Nine in ten disabled people have worked at some point – but only half are in employment now. It’s still too hard for disabled people to find jobs and thrive in work. 
"Lowering ESA isn’t the answer. If people are out-of-work,  reducing their incomes won’t incentivise them to find a job. It will just make life harder at a time when disabled people are already struggling to make ends meet.
"We’ve got to get the system of support right but there is a long way to go. 
"We need to make sure more disabled people get access to expert, tailored support to find work. 
"Employers need to look into how we can make work places more flexible, welcoming environments where disabled people flourish rather than struggle.
"Scope’s report, A Million Futures, has set out a series of actions for the next government to increase the numbers of disabled people in work, which is vital to improving disabled people’s living standards over the next five years.”
 

Notes to the editor:

For interviews and background please contact Pasca Lane in the Scope press office on 0207 6197201 or pasca.lane@scope.org.uk.
Scope's employment report, A Million Futures, can be found here: www.scope.org.uk/millionfutures 

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