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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Disability and Society
Issue number10
Volume30
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)1573-1576
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date9/10/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

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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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