The £9bn invisible impact – Destination Unknown

Throughout  our recent Emergency Budget  campaign  Carer Watch expressed great concerns about  Disability Living Allowance.  DLA  was specifically named in the Coalitions’ Emergency Budget as a benefit that was being targeted and where substantial savings could be made.

We are pleased that Demos made reference to our campaign wherein we stated our fears of a double blow affecting families –

Because Middle and Higher rate DLA are both also passport benefits to enable family members to claim Carers Allowance, removing or reducing DLA will not only have an enormous financial impact on disabled people it will also impact on their carers – a double blow which will especially hit hard those families on the poverty line.

New research by Demos  finds that the Government’s proposed welfare reforms will see 3.5 million disabled people over £9.2bn worse off by 2015.

Destination Unknown, shows disabled people will lose both money and crucial support.

The UK’s 7 million disabled people experience entrenched inequality and disadvantage, in the form of poorer educational attainment, lower employment and earnings potential, and restricted access to good and services. Far more disabled people live in poverty than the rest of the population and as a result they are more reliant on benefits for their income.

This pamphlet examines the reforms to welfare benefits announced in the Emergency Budget and in the forthcoming Spending Review and concludes that the impact on disabled people has not been fully considered. Rather than simply incentivising work, cutting benefits will have unintended consequences on households where finding and keeping work is only achievable with personalised welfare to work support. Through original analysis, Destination Unknown estimates that the losses in income over the course of this Parliament will amount to over £9 billion.

The pamphlet presents alternative reforms designed to introduce a greater focus on capability-building and supporting the move into employment. These would render the Government’s welfare reform strategy more inclusive and appropriate for disabled people, more effective in achieving sustainable employment and social engagement, and will mitigate some of the very worst effects of these reforms.

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2 Responses to “The £9bn invisible impact – Destination Unknown”

  1. carerwatch Says:

    The Independent
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disabled-people-to-lose-1639bn-from-cuts-2101827.html

    BBC
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11500161

    Press Association
    http://bit.ly/bjsoWf

    Employers forum on Disability
    http://www.efd.org.uk/media-centre/news/7802/demos-welfare-reforms-will-see-disabled-people-lose-

    Scope
    http://www.scope.org.uk/news/disabled-people-hit-by-welfare-cuts

  2. malka Says:

    This is a concrete example of how this government’s slash and burn policies are ill-conceived and brutal. They have no idea how complex each individual’s survival on benefits is, and how taking apart the current system will implode on the disabled person’s life and the people around that person. It is just a cost-cutting exercise and no party is offering any resistance to this measures, the vulnerable as in the past have been deserted by the state.

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