If you’re unable to work due to illness or a disability, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you financial support and personalised help so that you can work if, at some future stage, you’re able to. The Welfare Reform and Work Bill aims to reduce, by nearly £30 per week, the amount of income new ESA claimants in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) will receive from April 2017.
We want to hear from you if you are currently in the ESA WRAG and would like you to tell us what it would mean if you had around £30 less a week to live on.
We want to hear your experience of claiming, or trying to claim, Access to Work. Access to Work can pay for a range of support, from specialist equipment to a support worker or taxi fares. It helps large numbers of blind and partially sighted people who are in employment.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March, emphasising the need to put "economic security first", to ensure continued economic improvement, and a reduction in the deficit.
The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, has published a statement outlining a number of changes to the Access to Work Scheme (ATW). From October 2015, the Government will provide awards up to a limit set at one and half times the average salary (a limit of £40,800 per person per year), this will be up rated in line with the level of average salaries.