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.
Your story could help us stop cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). The Government has announced plans to cut the amount of money future claimants in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) receive. This cut, of almost £30 a week, would not only be detrimental to those affected, but would be counter-productive - it's harder to prepare for work if you're worried about paying the bills and getting into debt.
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.
We think it’s essential that blind and partially sighted people are supported when the are out of work. In July the Chancellor announced some cuts which we’re concerned about. Future claimants who receive Employment and Support Allowance, and are placed in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), will have the amount they receive per week reduced by £30.