Saturday, 26 February 2011

Benefits Cuts – The Double Whammy

People in receipt of disability benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are due for a double hit. DLA is being replaced by the Personal Independence Payment, administered by local authorities, which will mean disabled people undergoing one new assessment and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) will be undergoing a chance in its assessment rules, which is the second big change

The Government doesn’t usually introduce changes in the rules to make things better but to save money and make it more difficult for people to claim. Even if you qualify for ESA under the new rules you will only receive support for 12 months and then you will be means tested and that might mean that if you don’t have a job at the end of that time period you will be living off your savings.

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