Tory MPs Pressure David Cameron Over Plan To Reinstate Disability Benefit Cut

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By Rowena Mason in The Guardian.

 

Ministers plan to reinstate £30-a-week cut to employment support allowance that was blocked by House of Lords in January.

David Cameron is facing calls from Tory MPs to rethink a cut to disability benefits before government plans to reinstate the change blocked by the House of Lords.

Several Conservatives plan to speak out against the £30-a-week cut to employment support allowance (ESA) for those capable of work-related activity , arguing that it will hit thousands of people with serious illnesses such as cancer.

ESA is a benefit paid to those who cannot work because of their disability. Those in the work-related activity group (Wrag) are expected to take measures to prepare for work in the future, but their benefit is due to be cut to the level of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance from April 2017. This amounts to a reduction of about £30 a week – or more than £1,500 a year.

 

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