Cuts Watch #278: Benefits for disabled people
New research undertaken by Demos, and funded by Scope and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, has found that the Government’s proposed welfare reforms will see 3.5 million disabled people lose over £9.2 billion of support by 2015 pushing them further into poverty and increasing social exclusion.
The report questions Government claims that welfare reforms will result in more disabled people moving into work, arguing that they are likely to result in more disabled people ending up trapped in long-term unemployment and a low pay no pay cycle – ultimately costing the tax-payer far more.
It concludes that by 2015 disabled people will experience the following cuts, as a result of benefits being uprated by CPI rather than RPI or the Rossi Index:
- 170,830 families where both parents care for a disabled child will lose £520m
- 516,450 disabled adults whose partner is a full time carer will lose £1.258bn
- 98,170 single disabled people will lose £127m
The report also estimates that 114,066 disabled people moved from incapacity benefit (and ESA) to Jobseekers Allowance will lose £994m.