Protecting welfare support news
In his July Budget, the Chancellor announced changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for future claimants placed in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG).
On the 8th July, George Osborne announced the budget. We welcome the fact that the rumoured taxation of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and working-age Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has not materialised.
It has been strongly rumoured that one of the measures to be announced in the Chancellor’s upcoming Budget statement on July 8 could be the taxation of Personal Independence Payment (and possibly Disability Living Allowance for those aged 16-64 and not yet transferred to PIP).
On 5 June 2015 the High Court ruled that a delay in paying Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits to two disabled people was "unlawful" and "unacceptable". The two claimants waited nine months for PIP, which left them "dependent on loan sharks and food banks".
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.