Employment And Support Allowance Should Not Be Cut – Campaigners



By Michael Buchanan BBC News.


Disability groups have written an open letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, urging him to abandon planned cuts to a key benefit.

The House of Lords will vote next week on government plans to cut £30 a week from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for some new claimants from 2017.

The letter says it will make it harder for disabled people to find work.

But the Department for Work and Pensions says the campaigners are “scare-mongering”.

“[The letter] fails to acknowledge that existing claimants and those with the most severe disabilities will not be affected at all,” a spokesman said.

From April 2017, ministers are intending to reduce the amount of money people in one category of ESA receive, taking approximately £30 a week from new claimants who are deemed to be capable of making some effort to find work.

The change will bring the benefit rate in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance

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