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Nearly 50,000 sick and disabled people hit by ESA cuts in the last year alone 07 Dec 2018 08:22 #11882

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Labour is calling on the government to reverse "cruel" cuts to Employment and Support Allowance.

Labour has called on the Tory Government to reverse cuts to a sickness and disability benefit that provides vital financial protection to thousands of vulnerable people across the UK.

The call comes as new analysis shows that nearly 50,000 people have been hit by cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the last year alone.

ESA provides financial support in the form of social security payments for people who are too sick or disabled to work. Eligible claimants are separated into two groups depending on the severity of their medical issues and how these impact on work capability.

The Work Related Activity Group, or WRAG for short, is for people who are currently unable to work, but whom may be able to move into employment in the future. And the Support Group is for those who may never be able to work or face very severe barriers to employment.

Labour analysis of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data found that there are 46,000 sick and disabled people in the ESA WRAG whose claim is under a year old.

Each of these claimants will have had their benefits cut as a result of government cuts of £30 per week first introduced in April 2017 for new claimants.
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