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Commons Could Be Forced Into Emergency Debate On ESA WRAG Cuts After 96,000 Sign Petition

March 16, 2016

The Commons could be forced into an emergency debate on disability benefit cuts after almost 100,000 people signed a petition condemning moves which will result in claimants losing £1,500 a year.

Conservative MPs are facing a backlash in their constituencies over plans to reduce payments under the employment and support allowance (ESA) to disabled people judged fit for “work-related activity”. The measure, which will save £1.4bn over four years and which has been condemned by charities, will mean weekly payments for new claimants being cut from £102.15 to £73.10 in April 2017. 

A petition calling for a reversal of the cuts has been signed by 96,000. When it attracts 100,000 signatures, the issue has to be considered for a Commons debate.

The petition claims the reductions will “cripple those in receipt of these benefits, leaving many in poverty”. It claims: “Lives are at risk.”

Rossanna Trudgian, head of campaigns at Mencap, said: “The Government is clearly at odds with the public when it comes to cutting ESA. They have been told time and time again by experts and disabled people that the cut will push them further away from the job market.”

The Conservative MP Kit Malthouse has been forced to resign as patron of the Multiple Sclerosis charity’s board in his Hampshire constituency of Andover because of his support in a Commons vote this month. Its chairwoman said he was no longer suitable to hold the post. The Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith, Tory candidate for London Mayor, has been criticised by a disability charity of which he is a patron for voting for the cuts.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2016 7:20 am

    The petition & Dpac’s campaign to contact charities to remove those who voted for the cut from ESA as patrons etc is starting to make it’s way into the general public’s conscience thanks to a lot of charities making their announcements public, tbh I think it’s not before time those charities stood up for what they are about, looking after people, the direct opposite of this evil Govt

  2. March 16, 2016 7:35 am

    Reblogged this on markcatlin3695's Blog.

  3. March 16, 2016 8:56 am

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    I’ve just read an article that says the government is going to tackle homelessness which is amazing seeing that they’ve caused it in the 1st place due to the cuts up till now.

  4. Sheila whinn permalink
    March 16, 2016 3:39 pm

    I hope the charities continue to stand up for they belive in and cut off from the goverment as they continue to make the poor poorer and the rich richer’ this goverment is pure evil and until we all stand togethere against them the cuts and more misery they bring on the working class and the disabled will continue to get worse.

  5. Denise Macdonald permalink
    March 16, 2016 6:36 pm

    Get the Tory’s OUT

  6. Angela permalink
    March 16, 2016 6:49 pm

    Why cut benfits for anyone

  7. Lesley permalink
    March 16, 2016 9:01 pm

    People that have to be reassessed, for ESA ,would it be classed as a new claim?and be cut by £30.00p a week?


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