61% of people affected by the social housing size criteria, commonly known as the Bedroom tax, are disabled or have a long term illness or health problem. Download our Welfare Reform factsheet.
Winvisible have produced a briefing for professionals and others supporting people claiming ESA (Employment Support Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment) and for whom having to attend a face-to-face assessment would be harmful or inappropriate.
Work and Pensions Committee report on PIP and ESA assessments – “failing claimants and the public purse”
The Work and Pensions Committee has published a report on claimant’s distressing experiences of assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus. The Committee says public contract failures have led to a loss of trust that risks undermining the operation of major disability benefits.
The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by changes to tax, social security and public spending reforms, and are set to lose 10% of their income. The Equality and Human Rights Commission reveals the effect of tax and welfare reforms since 2010 in a new report.
Based on the experiences of Deaf and Disabled people we believe that sanctions are destructive and they drive Deaf and Disabled people further away from being able to find employment. We recommend that Deaf and Disabled people are no longer sanctioned.
On Monday 7th November 2016 the United Nations published findings of an inquiry concluding that there is reliable evidence of grave or systematic violations of the rights of disabled people in the UK as a result of welfare reforms.