17th November 2016

We are delighted to see that MPs from across all political parties have listened to concerns of disabled people and charities and voted to postpone the £30 weekly cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit in today’s backbench business debate in the Commons.

The vote to postpone the cuts was won 127 votes to 0 and, while not binding on the Government, the strength of feeling to reverse these cuts in the Autumn Statement is overwhelming.

For over a year the Disability Benefits Consortium together with MPs from across all partieshave been warning of the disastrous effects that a cut to ESA for new claimants in the Work Related Activity Group and the equivalent benefit in Universal Credit (due to come in April next year) would have on the lives of disabled people. We firmly believe it would push them further from work and closer to, or deeper into, poverty. We hope the Government listens to these calls and acts swiftly to allay worries among disabled people.

One thought on “MPs vote to postpone cuts to Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

  1. This is excellent news, lets hope they can STOP it all together. People are suffering, I for one. I had my ESA stopped in September & have several diagnosed medical conditions. The woman who gave me the F2F interview lied and was not qualified on my conditions. I was refused at MR level & now have to go to appeal; which I had a text yesterday stating this could take up to 28 days for them to decide my fate !! I have had food parcels & my health has got worse over the last 6wks; more pain, stress & tablets to take. I am in a state of despair at the moment & this has put a smile on my face, thank you.

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