Government measures ‘will impoverish vast numbers and cause untold distress’, according to university study
The government’s tough new welfare reforms will force over half a million people off incapacity benefit and cause widespread poverty in some of Britain’s most disadvantaged communities, according to a study releasedon Tuesday.
In the first independent attempt to quantify the impact of more stringent medical tests and the greater use of means testing, researchers from Sheffield Hallam University said Scotland, Wales and the north of England would suffer most from the changes to be introduced by 2014.
The study found that 600,000 people would disappear from the benefits system altogether and would often have to rely on family members for financial support.
Welfare reforms could force 600,000 off incapacity benefit