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. We think this is unacceptable, and want the cuts to be stopped.
The Bill which suggests this change is currently working its way through parliament. A group of MPs will now look at every detail of the Bill, and the MPs who will be in this group have just been announced.
We need campaigners, who live in the bill members constituencies to get in touch with them and explain why this decision would be detrimental to everyone in the WRAG.
The MPs who form the committee are
Gary Streeter (Con, South West Devon)
Albert Owen (Lab, Ynys Môn)
Victoria Atkins (Con, Louth and Horncastle)
Hannah Bardell (SNP, Livingston)
Tom Blenkinsop (Lab, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland)
Jo Churchill (Con, Bury St Edmunds)
Neil Coyle (Lab, Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Kate Green (Lab, Stretford and Urmston)
Peter Heaton-Jones (Con, North Devon)
Damian Hinds (Con, East Hampshire)
Amanda Milling (Con, Cannock Chase)
Guy Opperman (Con, Hexham)
Jess Phillips (Lab, Birmingham, Yardley)
Paul Scully (Con, Sutton and Cheam)
Alec Shelbrooke (Con, Elmet and Rothwell)
Emily Thornberry (Lab, Islington South and Finsbury)
Stephen Timms (Lab, East Ham)
Anna Turley (Lab, Redcar)
Shailesh Vara (Con, North West Cambridgeshire)
Helen Whately (Con, Faversham and Mid Kent)
Corri Wilson (SNP, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)
Priti Patel (Attending as Minister of State for Employment)
If one of these people is your local MPs, please take our online action explaining why it’s vital this cut does not take place.