Coronavirus: Disabled Benefit Claimants Tell MPs How Crisis Has Hit Them Hard




By John Pring in Disability News Service.


Disabled people have told MPs how they have been hit particularly hard by the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the benefits system.

The Commons work and pensions committee carried out a survey of benefit claimants as part of an inquiry into the response of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to the crisis.

The committee said that more than 6,000 individuals and organisations responded to its survey.

Among the nine key findings of an analysis of those responses (PDF), part of its continuing inquiry, the committee said that people claiming sickness and disability benefits “feel particularly hard hit” by the impact of coronavirus, while “some people are still struggling to make ends meet” and others have been unable to claim universal credit.

Three-fifths (63 per cent) of those claiming the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance told the committee that their benefits would not cover their basic living costs, such as rent, food and electricity bills.


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