Yesterday's emergency budget statement has left many of you wondering how changes to certain benefits will affect you. In this blog, Andy from our Policy & Campaigns team explains the main points.
In yesterday’s Budget, the Government announced big changes to benefits and welfare. You can read our reaction to these changes here.
Lots of people have questions about what these changes mean for them and the support they receive. The main benefits that people with mental health problems receive are Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Here’s what we know about the changes.
These crucial benefits will not be reduced.
If you currently receive or are applying for either of these benefits, the amount you receive will not change.
This is good news and will come as a relief to many.
From April 2017, new claimants of ESA who are placed in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG) will receive the same rate as those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance. This is currently around £30 less per week. So what does this mean for you?
The Government has also promised additional support for ill and disabled people to move into work, however we do not yet know what this will look like.
We’ve been campaigning for improved back-to-work support for people with mental health problems and welcome any improvements to support. However, we believe a fundamental overhaul of schemes like the Work Programme are needed, that support is more specialist and personalised, and there is much less focus on mandation and sanctions. You can read more about what we think the Government should do to improve back-to-work support here.
We understand that many of you may feel anxious about announcements made in the Budget, you can find out about what advice and support is available here.
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