Tuesday, January 31, 2023

MPs Jackie Doyle-Price and Stephen Metcalfe among MPs who voted to force through the ESA disability benefit cut

THE House of Lords has been unable to stop a planned £30-a-week cut to disability benefits forced through by Government MPs reports The Independent.

Charities have warned that the cut to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) WRAG would make it more difficult for disabled people to find work and that many struggled to afford food on the benefit at its current level.

The Government however says the cut, which applies to new claimaints, will incentivise disabled people to find work.

On 2 March MPs, including South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe and Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price voted to reject a House of Lords plan for an impact assessment into the cuts. Peers on Tuesday evening discussed the cuts – but were forced to wave them through because Ministers claimed “financial privilege” – meaning the Lords was not allowed to intervene.

The cuts will now go ahead.


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