Cut to disability benefits may make return to work harder, claim MPs

Government plans to cut disability unemployment benefit for new claimants could make it harder for them to find work and push many into poverty, an all-party group of MPs has said.

Ministers justified plans to cut £29 a week from employment and support allowance (ESA) payments on the grounds that the reduction would supposedly remove “perverse incentives” that discourage people from returning to work.

But MPs on the work and pensions select committee questioned whether cutting benefit rates would incentivise ill and disabled claimants to get a job, concluding that the evidence was “at best, ambiguous”.

 

read more: http://www.welfareweekly.com/cut-to-disability-benefits-may-make-return-to-work-harder-claim-mps/

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