Benefits cut to hit 200,000 people with mental health conditions : Welfare Weekly

Cut contradicts Theresa May’s commitment to end the “burning injustice” of the treatment of people with mental health conditions, say Labour.

More than 200,000 people suffering with mental health conditions are set to see their incomes reduced due to draconian social security cuts, it has emerged today.

A Freedom of Information response published today by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals that over 200,000 people with mental health conditions will have their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments reduced, due to cruel cuts which came into force in April this year.

The £345 million cut will be taken from the pockets of new claimants placed in the Work Related Activity Group of ESA, reducing the benefit they receive to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance, despite acceptance by the DWP that these people are unfit for work.

Labour says the new data contradicts Theresa May’s commitment to end the “burning injustice” of the treatment of people with mental health conditions.

READ MORE : WELFARE WEEKLY

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