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Cuts Watch #278: Benefits for disabled people

11 Oct 2010, by in Cuts Watch

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.

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  2. Clare Fernyhough
    Oct 12th 2010, 11:01 am

    Lets hope that the equality challenges going through the courts forces the government to look at this again.

    I became chronically disabled 13 years ago and found that there was really only proper support for around 18 months and then you were suddenly deemed ‘fit for work’. I could not live on JSA; I was starving, living off a loaf of bread a week and getting futher into debt with utilities so I had no choice but to find a part time job, and play down my disability. Month on month my health became worse and I had to take more time off; life consisted of work and then bed and I couldn’t wash clothes or look after myself properly in any way. No matter what the government say about disability rights, companies will not work around you. I had a massive deterioration and had to finish work again. 2 years later, as always, the disability element of my benefit was removed again and I had to find work while trying to study; I took in ironing that I could sit down to do, but eventually even this became impossible.

    I graduated but had to claim benefits, this time around they did not pay me for 2 months and then told me I would get no back payment. Again, I had been living off a loaf of bread a week so I told them to ‘stuff it’. I rang social services and asked them to put me into a care home, but they said no and that they would help me to claim benefits and keep me in my home. With the help they provided I was able to work again part time in a professional capacity, but I still had to take in some ironing!

    As always though, working brought about a massive deterioration 2 years ago and although my company were disability friendly, again, they could not work around my abscences. I did try to keep working at first after resting for 6 weeks, but it became apparent that I just could not work any more.

    Due to social services I have been able to claim the benefits I was entitled to this time around, but if my housing/council tax benefit, DLA, and ESA are cut I simply will not be able to work, but I’m racking my brains to think of what I could do because I just couldn’t go through losing my home and my health can’t take another bout of starvation.

    I’m only one year in to claiming so I am expecting that I will be moved off the disability benefits again; I will fight it with the help of social services, but I am not hopeful.

    I honestly feel I would not have deteriorated as much had it not been for the government forcing me to work when I just was not capable. I accept that some benefits could be reduced, but If I am to lose my home, my care, my income then I may as well lose my life along with them, and I know a lot of people who feel the same.