Budget 2017 response

In today’s Budget - 22 November 2017 -  the Chancellor announced changes to waiting times for Universal Credit, and that the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) expect 600,000 new jobs to be created by 2022.
 
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said:
 
“Huge issues remain with Universal Credit for disabled people.
 
“Since its introduction we have seen an increase in calls to our helpline.
 
“Disabled people who call us are afraid, tearful, and in need of more reassurance. They are worried about the destitution that Universal Credit is bringing.
 
“If Universal Credit is to have a major role in helping the Government get more disabled people into work, the distress it is causing cannot be ignored any longer.
 
“The Government must focus on fixing the issues that impact on disabled people.”
  
On the announcement of an expected 600,000 new jobs by 2022
 
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said:
 
“We have to ask how many of the 600,000 new jobs The Chancellor announced will be filled by disabled people.”

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact the Scope Press Office on 020 7619 7200 or email pressoffice@scope.org.uk.

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