Disabled people will be £30 a week worse off after North Warwickshire MP, Craig Tracey voted with the Government to cut theweekly amount of Employment Support Allowance.
The changes mean that new claimants will receive just £73 per week and will face huge challenges in their daily lives. Under the current system people receive £103 per week and even with this higher amount a survey found that 28 per cent of people had been unable to afford to eat while in receipt of the benefit and 38 per cent of respondents said they had been unable to heat their home.
Cllr Dom Ferro said, “This is another example of short sighted thinking by a Government that only sees things in terms of finance. In North Warwickshire, disabled people will now get less money to live on each week. They are more likely to run in to financial difficulty, meaning they are more likely to be heavily reliant on local services, which are publically funded. This is taking away spending from central Government and putting pressure on local services in our borough.
These are people, which through no fault of their own are less able to work than others. These people aren’t scroungers; they are disabled and need support. Many people on Employment Support Allowance will actually go back to work.
This cut will mean disabled people are poorer and local services are under more pressure. Our Tory MP voted for this and he should be ashamed. This never appeared in his election literature. He won this seat after a campaign of fear against the Labour candidate, unfortunately it is now the most vulnerable people in fear of their future.”