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To: Department for work and pensions
Stop the cuts to benefits for disabled people, as outlined in the welfare reform bill
Revisit the changes to disabled people's benefits as outlined in the welfare reform act.
Why is this important?
When universal credit is introduced thousands of disabled people who have small pensions or other limited income will lose all entitlement to contributory employment and support allowance - despite having worked in the past, paying tax and NI. This will also affect severely disabled people in the support group, who are judged medically to be unable to work, and whom the government pledged to support. The changes to disability living allowance should also be revisited as the proposed introduction of personal independence payment to replace it, does not adequately provide for severely disabled people, with much harsher assessment which only skims the surface of need. As a result, many will lose entitlement to the motability scheme, resulting in higher unemployment and further marginalisation of disabled people. Many will also not receive the support they need to provide for their care needs and the burden will fall on services in other areas as a result. Disabled people are unfairly portrayed as lazy scroungers by the press and media - nothing could be further from the truth and genuinely disabled people want to see action taken to sustain the benefits system and make it less susceptible to fraud, but they have no real voice for their concerns. The government is dismantling the NHS and welfare state in front of our eyes - you may be fit and healthy, and able to earn a living now, but what would you do if you became ill or disabled at some point in the future ?