Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA to be increased and backdated to April to 6 maybe

SSAC which is a working committee for the dwp has written a strongly worded letter to the dwp minister saying quite strongthy that it was unfair that nearly every other benefit was increased by the chancellor for covid and if feels that ESA and JSA should have been to. It suggests or tells the government this was unfair and that it should correct this.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-letter-to-secretary-of-state-from-ssac/covid-19-ssac-letter-to-the-secretary-of-state






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  • alieshiaalieshia Community champion Posts: 73 Courageous
    @Brumboy68 This is interesting! Something I shall be following closely thanks for the link. I do wonder if they just assumed that people on ESA and JSA were already out of work so they must be coping with what they receive. I hope it is followed through because we have been hit too. Popular food items have been in such shortage I have had to buy premium brands on things like pasta and milk where I'd normally buy basics. Its been an expensive time.
  • Lou67Lou67 Member Posts: 801 Pioneering
    @Brumboy68 Hi hope your well, oh hopefully we will get what others are already receiving thanks for showing us this😊
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,235 Disability Gamechanger
    hI @Brumboy68 Thank you for sharing this with us I am sure it will be of interest to our members
  • Brumboy68Brumboy68 Member Posts: 77 Courageous
    It's been kept quiet by the government but as this is a steering committee set up by them I don't think they have any choice but to follow their recommendations. I think the government will have to find time to do it, let's face it they found time and effort to sort out every other bloody benefit due to covid bar ESA and JSA.


  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,866 Disability Gamechanger
    The excuse was that it was too complicated to add others to the extra benefit, and that adding it to UC was easier. I'm afraid I won't be holding my breath as they will now be looking at ways not to spend money not ways to give it away. But we will wait and see.
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