Hunt’s disability plans put a million people at risk of losing £350 a month | The Guardian

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At last it seems we get the facts about the plan to ditch the Work Capability Assessment for people with long-term illnesses – and it isn’t pretty.

It seems an inferior test, for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) will be used instead and up to a million people will lose a lot of money:

Up to 1 million people claiming incapacity benefits could lose hundreds of pounds a month as a result of plans outlined in the budget to push ahead with the “biggest reforms to the welfare system in a decade,” experts have said.

The warning came as ministers unveiled a range of measures to try to drive more people back into the workplace, including scrapping controversial “fit for work” tests for disabled claimants and stepping up the threat of benefit curbs against part-time workers.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said up to 1 million people currently on incapacity benefits could lose about £350 a month as a result of dropping the work capability assessment (WCA), which assesses capacity for work, and using the personal independence payment (Pip) test, which measures only the extra living costs of disability.

It said the logic of the plan meant those who had conditions that prevented them working – such as people with short-term or fluctuating illnesses – but who did not claim Pip, or incur major additional living costs, would no longer receive extra support. Pip tests are widely distrusted and currently take 14 weeks to process.

Source: Hunt’s disability plans put 1 million people at risk of losing £350 a month, IFS says | Disability | The Guardian


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3 thoughts on “Hunt’s disability plans put a million people at risk of losing £350 a month | The Guardian

  1. jeffrey l davies

    And the crap that disabled sick and mentally ill will carry on aktion t4 rolling along with out much of a ado

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  2. flttymartyn

    The tory criminal Cartel only serve the wealthy…They turn a blind eye to the suffering of others….unless they can make money off them….Why otherwise decent working class people keep voting tory, is way beyond my comprehension.

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  3. Stu

    So it looks they’re “watering down” Welfare Payments to the point of extinction.
    Warm Home Discount – Scrapped
    Cold Weather Payments – Scrapped
    ESA – Scrapped
    PIP – Bar raised to the point it may as well be Scrapped

    And don’t be fooled into thinking that the “Cuckoo in the nest” Starmer would bring any of them back, he wants to replace Welfare with a USA Medical Insurance Scam – Just like the Tories.

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