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Welfare Reform And Work Bill Will Remove The ESA WRAG And Similar Component Of Universal Credit

January 27, 2016

Readers, we apologise if you already have this information.

However, recent comments on another post, by reader loozbitch, informed Same Difference that, if the Welfare Reform And Work Bill becomes law, it will remove the Work Related Activity Group component of ESA.

We have been aware for some time that the Government wanted to scrap the WRAG, but until now, we were not aware that the complete removal of the component has been written into a potential law.

We requested more information from reader loozbitch, who sent us this very useful document, written for the House of Lords, which clearly states that one of the aims of the Welfare Reform And Work Bill is:

• Removing the work related activity component in Employment and Support Allowance [ESA] and the limited capability for work element in Universal Credit.

We are very scared for the many claimants who are in the WRAG and would lose so much if the component was scrapped.

We will do our best to follow the progress of this Bill and this proposal, and to keep you updated.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. david permalink
    January 27, 2016 3:23 am

    the link to the HOL library report is broken in the article 😦

    Click to access LLN-2015-0042.pdf

    • mili68melissa permalink
      January 27, 2016 6:44 am

      Tweeted @melissacade68

    • January 27, 2016 10:44 am

      Many thanks for the correct link, David, we’re fixing it now! Samedifference1.

  2. mili68 permalink
    January 27, 2016 6:44 am

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  3. January 27, 2016 9:52 am

    Reblogged this on campertess.

  4. ann barry-krishnan permalink
    January 27, 2016 11:04 am

    disgusting.I work in Mental health and people with severe and longstanding schizophrenia. people who have been hospitalised for years and then as the beds in hospitals were downsized the admisdion days reduced, so many of these forgotten people will drift in poverty fear and isolation
    Many would never be able to fill the forms .
    Citizens Advice staff have been cut .many of these patients have no insight into illness
    The awful suffering they endure often means living in total isolation.
    They have been discharged in thousands from.psychiatry not because they dont need care but the resources are not there.
    Pip and the support group as it is will look at them and say you have improved you no longer have a psych .nor social worker nurse or support worker.
    These poor defencless people will never appeal but walk away with nothing.
    There will be more suicides more hospitalizatioons more misery.
    We have let them down so badly its to me an absence of the duty of care to the sick the needy and the children brought up in poverty.
    The Tory Party was voted in why why we knew this would result in the poorest being hit worse.
    Out with the tories I say hang your heads in shame .

  5. January 27, 2016 1:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Poppy's Place and commented:
    This Bill must fail and not be enacted. I will be lobbying my MP and I would ask that all my readers lobby theirs.

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