A Scottish Government report published today has confirmed that disabled people have been hardest hit by UK Government welfare cuts, according to leading disabled people’s charity Inclusion Scotland.
Commenting on the report, Bill, Scott, Director of Policy at Inclusion Scotland, said:
“Inclusion Scotland are extremely concerned about the cumulative impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms on Scots disabled people. A large proportion of the 30,000 losing entitlement to DLA will also be losing £29 a week of ESA.
“This means that tens of thousands of Scots households containing disabled people face a loss in income totalling several thousand pounds a year. That’s not even taking into account the hardship being caused to that same group by the introduction of Universal Credit.
“Disabled people and their families are being left hungry, cold and homeless by these cuts. Is it really any wonder that some have been driven to thoughts of suicide?”
For further information contact: Iain Smith, Policy and Public Affairs Officer Tel: 0131 281 0862 Mob: 07740 731651 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
Inclusion Scotland is a national network of disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and individual disabled people. Our main aim is to draw attention to the physical, social, economic, cultural and attitudinal barriers that affect disabled people’s everyday lives and to encourage a wider understanding of those issues throughout Scotland.
The Scottish Government’s report Impact of UK Welfare Policy on Disabled People is supplementary to the annual welfare reform report (June 2017), focusing on the impact of UK welfare policy on disabled people. The main focus is on the impact of the introduction of Personal Independence Payments and changes to Employment and Support Allowance.
The Scottish Government’s News Release on the report is available here.