Employment and support allowance, the ‘summer budget’ and less eligible disabled people

Grover, Chris (2015) Employment and support allowance, the ‘summer budget’ and less eligible disabled people. Disability and Society, 30 (10). pp. 1573-1576. ISSN 0968-7599

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In the first UK budget by a Conservative Government for 18 years, £13 billion per annum savings in social security spending by 2020/21 were announced. Of these, 4.9% (£640 million per annum, and up to £900 million in the years after 2020) is to come from the withdrawal from April 2017 of the work-related component of the Employment and Support Allowance. This means that new claimants will be worse off by £29.05 per week (2015/16 figures) than would have been the case had the measure not been introduced. This brief commentary critically analyses this development as the extension of an ideological assault upon the out-of-work benefits for disabled people which has been gathering momentum for about a decade in the hope of forcing such people into competing for wage work in the open market.

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Disability and Society
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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Disability and Society on 09/10/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09687599.2015.1091151
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