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Benefits for disabled people 

New research undertaken by Demos, and funded by Scope and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, has found that the Government’s proposed welfare reforms will see 3.5 million disabled people lose over £9.2 billion of support by 2015 pushing them further into poverty and increasing social exclusion.

The report questions Government claims that welfare reforms will result in more disabled people moving into work, arguing that they are likely to result in more disabled people ending up trapped in long-term unemployment and a low pay no pay cycle – ultimately costing the tax-payer far more.

It concludes that by 2015 disabled people will experience the following cuts, as a result of benefits being uprated by CPI rather than RPI or the Rossi Index:

The report also estimates that 114,066 disabled people moved from incapacity benefit (and ESA) to Jobseekers Allowance will lose £994m.

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I’ve suffered two industrial injuries but will lose £91 per week

I have 4 chronic medical conditions and the effects of two industrial injuries. I get incapacity benefit, DLA & Industrial injuries benefit of just over £40 per week. The proposed changes will mean that I lose £91.70 per week incapacity benefit.

I have had two medicals in the last five years, both of which were stopped by the doctor because it is obvious that I am not going to get better.

£91.70 is a lot of money to lose. My partner’s…

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Posted by: Peter at 12:07pm on 22 November 2010

Shame on you Prime Minister. I know you know better.

Shame on you Prime Minister. I know you know better.

The Comprehensive Spending Review announced that residents in care homes will no longer be eligible for the High Rate Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance meaning the most disabled people face a far bleaker future and significant loss of independence.

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Posted by: Bendy Girl at 1:39pm on 22 November 2010

They have taken more than my money they have taken my freedom

I was diagnosed with fibromyaligia 5 years ago, I lost everything my job, my home, my life. After spending 4 years in and out of hospitals, hostels and supported housing I finally got a flat and Dla, the help I got gave me some semblance of a life back. But one by one they are taking that support away. I have lost my Dla, and because I’m under 25 I am at risk of loosing my home as well. When the job centre sent me to a ‘back to work program’ I…

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Posted by: k at 6:22pm on 22 February 2013

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