Happy New Tax Year! No Payrise On ESA Or DLA
Remember when they told us disability benefits wouldn’t be frozen for three years, like other working age benefits?
Well, it seems they weren’t telling us the truth.
While the government has committed to ensure the most vulnerable people in society are not adversely affected, Citizens Advice warns sick and disabled Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants will still be hit.
The majority of the benefit is formed by the ‘basic rate’ of ESA, which will be subject to the freeze, they say.
“This wider effect is significant, given all who receive the benefit have been assessed to have a disability or health condition that limits their ability to find and retain work.
“If those with work-limiting health conditions are classed as vulnerable, there is a failure to apply this principle consistently to those receiving ESA.”
The article says that disability-related benefits that are now frozen are ESA, the ESA WRAG, and the corresponding element of Universal Credit.
Our editor, a claimant of DLA with an indefinite award, was excited by reports that DLA would not be affected by the freeze. As she does every year on the 6th of April, she awaited her annual payrise. However she is sad to report that this year on the 6th of April, her payrise never came. This morning, she has received written confirmation that her DLA Award amount will not increase, in this tax year at least.
So it appears that DLA will be frozen.
Same Difference would be very interested to find out whether Carers’ Allowance has been frozen. Can any carers let us know in the comments below?