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Why The £30 A Week ESA WRAG Cut WILL Affect Existing Claimants

March 3, 2016

With many thanks to The People Vs The Government, DWP And ATOS Facebook page:

“To refresh people’s memory, the Government propose to cut financial support from £102.15 to £73.10—nearly £30 a week or £1,500 a year—for new ESA WRAG claimants from 2017. However, that will also apply to existing WRAG claimants. In April, nearly half a million people who are currently on ESA WRAG will start to migrate to universal credit, and the Government intend to remove the limited capability for work component of the work element of universal credit. That means that everyone currently on ESA WRAG will ultimately be transferred to UC and have their support reduced by that £29.05 a week or £1,500 a year.”
Debbie Abrahams MP

21 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2016 6:10 am

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  2. March 3, 2016 6:10 am

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  3. Margaret Hill permalink
    March 3, 2016 6:47 am

    Having been made redundant in November (15 years employment) after my Dr trying to get me to take a break previous to that I am now on ESA and only getting £73.10 anyway so what have I done wrong

    • March 8, 2016 9:10 pm

      You’ve done nothing wrong apart from be sick or disabled in the eyes of IDS and the Tories.

  4. March 3, 2016 11:23 am

    I really don’t understand most of this, I am 68 and on dla since 65, I understand that thiese changes will not affect me, but I’m not really sure? does anyone know

    • marionfallon1961 permalink
      March 3, 2016 5:42 pm

      Bob, DLA is completely separate from ESA, ESA is a sickness benefit for people of working age. DLA and the new PIP (Personal Indpendence Payment, that all DLA people will have to move to) are not an out of work benefit, I still worked when I first got it in 2009. You shouldn’t be affected Bob by anything to do with ESA.

  5. March 3, 2016 12:05 pm

    as i understood it the H OF l have nowstopped this until 2020 and until IDS can prove what effect it will have on WRAG recipients. surely they cant do this in such an underhand way.

    • March 8, 2016 9:06 pm

      You are incorrect I’m afraid; it was voted law on Monday evening 07/03/16

      • March 10, 2016 2:42 pm

        as my above post was posted on 3rd march, i was probably right at that time. unfortunately i cant see ahead.though with that lot in westminster should know i suppose that nothing is going to stop them./ so right on 3rd but wrong by 7th.?? we were both

  6. March 3, 2016 1:15 pm

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    Although the H of L stopped it I’m sure I saw a clip that ids was going to fight it.

  7. March 3, 2016 6:19 pm

    Yeah you could be right. Ive not seen anything on that myself but he would not be IDS if he didnt fight it and waste more tax payers money doing so. he cant abide losing. *what happened to the old ideology of play up, and play the game (may have got the words wrong but im sure you all know what i mean … public school boys were told to do this in relationship to both cricket and life.

  8. March 6, 2016 1:56 pm

    More hardship for the sick and disabled , just because Duncan smith thinks he says your well you will be !!!! Have the Tories learned nothing from prior deaths through stress , hardship ! How many more people people will die from from this governments ruthless agenda !!! How many is enough !!!!!??????

  9. March 6, 2016 6:48 pm

    first ive heard of ALL those on DLA being made to go on PIP. i am a pensioner who has been on DLA since i was 49 years i am keeping a close watch on what is happening with that benefit and so far nothing has yet been said about pensioners going on PIP. in fact they have actually said they wont be touching pensioners who are on it. however i know they have a record of saying one thing and doing another so yes it could happen/ but so far nothings been said that it will . not for pensioners.

    • March 8, 2016 9:07 pm

      Again, incorrect.
      PIP replaces DLA and anyone on DLA currently will in time be migrated to PIP but will have to reapply if they do wish to have it.

    • Pammy permalink
      March 10, 2016 1:29 pm

      PIP is only for people below age 64 hugosmum70.

      • March 10, 2016 2:38 pm

        yes thanks Pammy, i just received my letter about this next years DLA rates… and in the 8 pages it states that those in receipt of DLA that are over the age of 65 will not be migrated to PIP. what this letter has also told me however is that this year its not going up……… not in those words i might add. in the past they usually have a section tells you how much you will get per month. not this time. it tells you how much per week./ DLA is always paid every 28 days. and when it will be paid. including the first payment which often id less than the full amount due to part months . i,e part march part april. when you add up the amounts they say i will get weekly from 11th april this year, it adds up to exactly the same as last year.i hadnt heard they were freezing DLA???? or is it something else being done slyly hoping that by omitting to put in the monthly amount, and only the weekly one, we will not notice ?

  10. March 8, 2016 12:19 pm

    Reblogged this on Benefit tales.


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