Benefits claimants with health conditions have just been hit by a £1,400 annual cut : LEFT FOOT FORWARD

Poor households are getting slammed as Osborne-era cuts come into effect this week.

A drastic cut to working-age employment and support allowance (ESA) is coming into effect today, part of George Osborne’s legacy of austerity.

From today, new benefits applicants who are deemed ‘unfit for work’ due to health conditions, but capable of ‘work-related activities’ (such as CV preparation or skills training) will see their weekly payments fall from £102.15 a week to £73.10 a week — the same amount as those receiving job seekers allowance (JSA).

Although the change will only affect new applicants for now, it is expected to hit 60,000 people over the next year, and around 500,000 a year in the long-term. Each of these recipients will be about £1,400 a year worse off than they would otherwise have been.

The government claims that people in this category are likely to be in a position to work in the future, but claimants in the ‘work-related activities group’ tend to receive ESA for protracted periods. Four-in-five current claimants have been receiving ESA for more than two years.

The change is expected to save the exchequer £650m per year.

According to the IFS, this may cause some ESA claimants to shift their behaviour, whether by moving from ESA to JSA, appealing the decision to place them in the ‘work-related activities’ group rather than the support group, or applying for other forms of disability benefits.

However, economists also forsee that ‘many – perhaps the majority – will not respond in any of these ways and will therefore have to make do with an average of £1,400 a year less than they would otherwise have got.’

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2 Comments

  1. “According to the IFS, this may cause some ESA claimants to shift their behaviour, whether by moving from ESA to JSA, appealing the decision to place them in the ‘work-related activities’ group rather than the support group, or applying for other forms of disability benefits.

    However, economists also forsee that ‘many – perhaps the majority – will not respond in any of these ways and will therefore have to make do with an average of £1,400 a year less than they would otherwise have got.’”

    This what they are relying on, the apathy of people. They are hoping that people will find it too stressful and time consuming to go through the appeals process, and just sign on for JSA, or drop out of the benefits system altogether.

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  2. That’s the problem, it is too stressful.

    After watching the Daniel Blake film, how people aren’t questioning why someone who has a job to go back to but can’t because the GP has said NO, but the DWPs quack (as Daniel Blake calls them) has said YES,
    I mean, one of them must be wrong. Any normal sensible person would – should – ask…HOW CAN THAT BE ? , AND MOREOVER, how can that be allowed ?.

    In the film, one employer in a phone call to Daniel Blake (the employer who was understandably confused) did ask…WHY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WORK (And being a pain in the arse and wasting my time) when you have been signed of as unfit for work ?.

    The answer was…It’s the only way I can get benefits.

    To which the reply from the employer was…so you had me running around and taking the piss out of me just so you could be eligible for benefits ?.

    Daniel Blake didn’t have a logical answer, because to tell the employer the real truth, Daniel Blake – in his heart – knew the employer just wouldn’t believe it.

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