Author Topic: Welfare reform; changes affecting disabled people.  (Read 926 times)


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 How are welfare benefits changing for disabled people?

No group will be more affected than disabled people under welfare reform changes.

This is due to the culmination of multiple cuts to disability and carer’s benefits, the abolition of entitlement to some benefits and tax credits under universal credit (2013-2017) and increased restrictions to benefits linked to wider welfare reform changes.

 By 2017/18 these include key changes such as:

• The 1% capping of rises to benefits and tax credits for three years
• The abolition of the disabled element of Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit and Severe Disability Premium (SDP) under Universal Credit (UC)
• Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Workplace Capability Assessment (WCA) changes under Universal Credit (UC)
• The abolition of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and introduction of Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
• Housing benefit restrictions due to the Benefits Cap and ‘Bedroom Tax’
• The abolition of council tax benefit
• The abolition of the Social Fund including Community Care grants.