Employment and Support Allowance: plan to cut it defended – Disability Horizons

Last week the House of Lords voted against the government’s attempt to abolish the Work Related Activities Group for new claimants from the Employment and Support Allowance. This would have seen unemployed disabled and sick people’s weekly payments dropped from £102.15 to £73.10.

Research consultant and writer Clive Gilbert talks to Phil Reynolds, Co-chair of the Disability Benefits Consortium, and Dr Tom Shakespeare, who is involved in the disabled people’s movement in the UK and internationally, about what this means for disabled people.

The result not to cut a crucial part of the Employment and Support Allowance comes after an intensive lobbying campaign led by the Disability Benefits Consortium, a coalition of 60 charities working towards a fair benefit system. This included a major lobby day in January when around 150 disabled people came to Parliament to highlight their concerns.

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