BREAKING: Government Responds To E-Petition To Reserse ESA WRAG Cuts, Refuses To Debate Issue

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Same Difference has just received the following email:

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Reverse the ESA disability benefit cut”.

Government responded:

We are committed to providing the right support to those with health conditions and disabilities. This change only affects new claims from April 2017 and no current claimants will be cash losers.

In the Summer Budget 2015, we announced that, from April 2017, new Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants who are placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) will receive the same rate of benefit as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

This change only affects new claims made after that date and there will be no cash losers among those who are already in receipt of ESA. This reform affects those with limited capability for work. Those with the most severe work-limiting health conditions and disabilities, who are placed in the Support…

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