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ESA Changes From 2017 Will Improve Life Chances Says DWP

July 22, 2015

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Half a million people are expected to lose out financially at any given time as a result of the abolition of the work-related activity component (WRAC) of employment and support allowance (ESA) for new claimants from 1st April 2017. The government claims this will improve their life chances.

The figures come from the impact assessment for the abolition of the WRAC which the government published yesterday. New claimants will lose £28 a week, estimated to be a 10% reduction in overall income for the families affected.

The DWP claims that affected claimants will be better off because the changes are “supportive of the Life Chances legislation in that this policy will gradually build the incentive for people to make the choice to move into work.”

They even argue that the policy of making ESA claimants poorer could reduce child poverty because “the number of children living in workless households could fall over time.”

The DWP argues that anyone affected by the changes could recoup their losses by working for 4-5 hours a week at the national living wage. In this way

It doesn’t explain how people who are too sick to work can actually work or who will offer them jobs for such a small number of hours a week.

The full impact assessment can be downloaded here.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    July 22, 2015 10:09 am

    I wonder what planet the DWP live on the only improved life chances for those in the (WARC) will be their death and peace at last

    As for these types of people the sick and disabled to work for 4/5 hours a week i have never known any employer to accommodate that person on a 5 hour contract

    even my local lollipop man paid for by the council aged 85 is on a 10 hour contract and that job isn’t even secure

    he says he’ll do it for free if it comes to it which it probably will

    The public in the UK need to get real and that’s to understand the government don’t like you be it in the WRAG be you old be you young or any other group of people that costs money and if you are going to stick around they’ll be on your tail till your death and in the real world that i live in that’s the bottom line

  2. July 22, 2015 10:10 am

    Reblogged this on Benefit tales.

  3. Maria permalink
    July 22, 2015 10:38 am

    They closer and closer to double-speak everyday, the polar opposite of what comes out of their mouths is the truth. Going to be a homeless crisis soon, if there isn’t one already.

  4. July 22, 2015 11:58 am

    WRAG component is £29.05 not £28 so removing the WRAG component will leave people at least £29.05 a week worse off couple that with having to pay up to 30% of the council tax and straight away a person could be over £35 a week worse off, more if they have spare bedrooms.

    • July 23, 2015 8:47 am

      Well the only option is to ask the local authority to put you in a home, since you neither have the income or the health to stay in your own. That’s part of the reason I think. They don’t care if it costs them more further down the line, it’s another house freed up for the ‘deserving poor’ except they aren’t deserving either now, or it’s an experiment to see how that group of people cope, with the intention of applying it to the Support Group sometime in the future.

  5. July 22, 2015 12:45 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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