Everything you wanted to know about care and benefit cuts but were afraid to ask
LATEST: An updated and expanded version of this guide is now available at DWP Unspun.
False Economy's at-a-glance guide to cuts and changes to care services, Disability Living Allowance, and Employment and Support Allowance. We also hear from those around the country who are suffering as a result of those cuts.
How care entitlements and eligibility are assessed – and the hardship caused by councils restricting access and increasing charges.
Disability Living Allowance
DLA is paid to children and adults with disabilities to help with extra costs they may have. From 2013, it will be phased out and a new "personal independent payment" brought in – with the budget cut by 20%.
Employment and Support Allowance
ESA is for people who are unable to work because they have an illness or disability and/or who need support in work. Assessment is by the much-criticised private company, Atos Healthcare.
Coming soon: Sections on universal credit and housing benefit.