Put the fair into welfare
On Tuesday 27 October, for one day only, the £125 Employment Support Allowance (ESA) Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) cut was debated in the House of Commons. We called on everyone to tweet their MP ahead of the debate to persuade as many MPs as possible to raise concerns about the cut before the Bill passes in to the House of Lords.
What's the issue?
Despite recent commitments to protect the most vulnerable people in society, the Government is proposing to cut £125 a month for people receiving Employment and Support Allowance.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is designed to support people who have been medically assessed as being too sick to work. It is an essential support for many people affected by cancer who are of working age. While the cut only applies to those in the ESA Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG), it could affect thousands of people who are ill and have been deemed unable to work.
The Government says that cutting the amount people receive on ESA WRAG will encourage them to return to work by providing a financial incentive. But people receive ESA WRAG because they are too ill to work. They don’t need a financial incentive.
Macmillan believes this cut will hit people at a time when they are already facing increased financial hardship as a result of their cancer. Reducing their income will only put them under additional financial pressure and could be detrimental to their wellbeing at a time when they should be focusing on their recovery and rebuilding their lives.
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No one should face cancer alone. Together we can ensure that all cancer patients are financially supported while they are too ill to work.
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