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A work benefit

[Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 118 Listener
edited November 2018 in Universal Credit
How come the disabled and the chronically ill are being included in the rollout of Universal credit when the benefit has been rolled out as a benefit to help people make work pay? It is stated that this benefit is to help people improve their lot through hard work. However a lot of chronically ill and disabled people are not able to work so why are they put on it? 


  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,573 Disability Gamechanger
    A confusion of language and ideology. UC abolished 6 means-tested benefits. As 1 of those (ESA) is to do with capacity for work then UC from day 1 always going to be a mix of people. However, the consevative ideology is all about making work pay by reducing the amount benefits are worth and there’s a steadfast refusal to acknowledge that nearly 70% of ESA claimants are in the Support Group and therefore acknowledged as being nowhere near work. That’s before you get into the fact that the tapers etc. mean that work doesn’t pay for a number of people under UC. 
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