Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap | DisabledGo News and Blog


A leading user-led charity has called for more disabled people to be exempt from the cap on working-age benefits, after the publication of new government figures. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) spoke out after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published figures showing that more than 3,100 households which included someone claiming employment and support allowance (ESA) were having their benefits capped in May 2016*. Although those in the ESA support group, and claimants of disability living allowance and personal independence payment, are exempt from the cap, those in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG) are not. The figures show that 15 per cent of the 20,000 households affected by the cap included someone claiming ESA. DR UK called for all ESA claimants, including those in the WRAG, to be exempt from the cap. Liz Sayce, DRUK’s chief executive, said there needed to be more flexibility from employers, personalised support for disabled people, and advice and support for

Source: Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap | DisabledGo News and Blog

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