Our response to the Government’s proposed welfare reforms.

Today, the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a consultation on reforming the welfare system.

You can find more information on these proposals on the government's website.

In response, James Taylor, Director of Strategy at Scope said:

"This feels like a full-on assault on disabled people. These proposals are dangerous and risk leaving disabled people destitute.

"In a cost of living crisis, looking to slash disabled people’s income by hitting PIP is a horrific proposal. Calls are pouring into our helpline from concerned disabled people.

"Life costs more for disabled people. Threatening to take away the low amount of income PIP provides to disabled people who face £975 a month extra costs isn’t going to solve the problem of economic inactivity. Sanctions and ending claims will only heap more misery on people at the sharp end of our cost of living crisis.

"Much of the current record levels of inactivity are because our public services are crumbling, the quality of jobs is poor and the rate of poverty amongst disabled households is growing."

Our manifesto for an equal future

This week we published our manifesto for an equal future. It sets out the things disabled people tell us matter most, and the actions the next government needs to take to transform attitudes, end the Disability Price Tag, close the Disability Employment Gap and fix the broken benefits system.

We believe achieving these things will bring huge benefits to the UK economy, to the living standards of our community and to society. And we won’t stop campaigning until this happens.

Support, advice and information

We know that this news will be worrying for many disabled people and their families.

Our helpline can offer free, independent and impartial advice and support. You can speak to one of our friendly advisors by calling 0808 800 3333.

You will find online advice and support on a range of topics.

And our online community is a space to make friends, share your experiences, get advice and discuss the issues that matter to you.

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