February 03, 2017
Cuts to disability benefits including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) should be postponed until the Government provides more information on how it plans to support claimants affected by the cuts, the Work and Pensions Select Committee has said.
The committee has argued that reducing the allowance from £102 to £73 per week (which is currently planned to be introduced in April) will not motivate disabled people into finding work, describing the evidence supporting this idea to be “ambiguous at best”, the BBC reports. MPs have also asked for clarification over a new support package that ministers say will be made available to the “most vulnerable” through the savings made from reducing benefit payments.
The decision to make some severely disabled claimants exempt from repeated reassessment for ESA was welcomed by the committee but concerns were expressed over assessments that were proposed in the work and health green paper.