MP defends vote for disability cut
MP David Rutley has defended his vote to cut disability benefit.
He voted for a £30-a-week cut to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for people in the ‘work-related activity group’ (WRAG) who struggle to work but are expected to find ways into employment.
Mr Rutley said: “ESA claimants with the most severe work-limiting health conditions and disabilities will continue to receive the support they need but the WRAG component was originally designed to provide an incentive to people who are able to participate in work-related activity and therefore return to work quicker, but the existing policy isn’t working as intended.
“That’s why from April 2017 new ESA claimants in the WRAG will receive the same benefit as Jobseeker’s Allowance.
“Those in the WRAG currently receive additional cash payments but little employment support appropriate for their needs. Instead of spending money on cash payments, which are not having the desired effect of moving people closer to work, the Government wants to invest in additional practical support for people with limited capability for work.”