Nearly 150 disabled people are to “lobby Parliament” over welfare cuts proposed in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which they claim could be detrimental to the health and well-being of people with disabilities.
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), comprising of more than 60 national charities and organisations, are campaigning for changes to be made to the Bill to help prevent disabled people from being “negatively affected”.
Campaigners highlight three key welfare changes, and are urging disabled people to speak with their MPs and share their own experiences of the benefits system.
The three main issues being highlighted by campaigners are cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), the Benefit Cap and a two-year ‘freeze’ on the value of social security benefits.
DBC are calling on the Government to scrap a proposed £30 a week cut for people in the Work Related Activity Group of ESA, as well as an exemption for disabled people and their family carers from the Benefit Cap and Benefits Freeze.
Official Government statistics show that 30% of families with a disabled member are living in poverty. DBC say there is an “urgent need for the Government to invest more money, not less, in benefits support for people with disabilities and their families.”
The lobby will take place on Wednesday 13 January between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.