#WRAG2ruin – Response to Budget ESA cuts

Jane Young

As widely trailed in the general election campaign and in the run-up to budget day, the Chancellor’s Summer 2015 budget included devastating cuts to social security and tax credits, effectively summarised by Disability Rights UK. Despite Osborne’s oft-repeated assurances, in both this and the last Parliament, that disability benefits would be excluded from cuts, there is much in the budget to cause deep concern for disabled people.  As in previous rounds of cuts, this is because disabled people rely as much, if not more than non-disabled people, on “mainstream” benefits – such as housing benefit and tax credits.

However, this time the Chancellor also let his axe fall on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA, which replaced Incapacity Benefit), for disabled claimants or claimants with a long term health condition/chronic illness who are unable to work. Under the Welfare Reform and Work Bill (link is to background…

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