Yesterday the Commons voted to reduce the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for disabled people. This is a group of the most vulnerable in society, of whom 38% cannot afford to heat their home on the current payments they receive. This bill will make their lives worse.
The Government claim that the reduction in payments will incentivise disabled people to find work. However, many charities claim that this bill, which applies to new claimants, will push disabled people further into poverty. One survey of 500 people in the group effected by this bill, found that under the current payments 28% were unable to afford to eat and 38% could not afford to heat their home. This is a group of people who can not afford to have more money taken from them.
This bill was twice voted down in the House of Lords but the Government pushed it through using ‘financial privilege’ meaning the Lords could not intervene.
I must also point out that MPs were recently in receipt of a 1% pay rise, pushing their pay up to £74,962 per year or £1,441 a week.
Taking money away from some of the most vulnerable in society is wrong. The Government must rethink its actions.
If you also disagree with the cuts you can sign a petition opposing them here.