FourFourSeconds ago, the UK government announced that the country’s Safety Net would be abolished on April 28th, 2019.
The safety net provides essential support to people with disabilities, such as disabled people and children.
The Government will not be able to transfer responsibility for the Safety Net to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as the Government has no powers to transfer funds to the Government.
The Government is also proposing to remove the Disability Living Allowance, which provides a lump sum payment of £18,000 per person, and instead set a cap on payments.
“People with disabilities deserve to be able and expected to pay their way through their lives.
It is vital that we protect people with disability from financial hardship,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
“But this Government will make sure people with mental health conditions can’t be cut off from a vital lifeline, leaving people who need support to struggle with the financial burden of the welfare system.”
The government will also reduce funding to the Community Benefits Administration (CBA), which helps people with the condition of a mental health condition.
In an attempt to avoid a crisis in the coming weeks, the Government will also cut funding to local authorities, the Department of Work and Prisons, the Housing Executive, the Local Government Association, the Scottish Government, the Care Quality Commission and local councils.
The cuts will also mean that some people with a mental illness will lose access to support, including people with epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome, and depression.
All these changes will be announced in a letter to the Scottish Parliament by the Department For Communities and Local Government.
However, there are some things the UK Government is not abolishing entirely, such the £11,000 in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which is paid to people aged out of work.
Instead, it will be replaced by a £3,000 benefit, called Employment and Social Allowance Plus, which is meant to cover people who have been working for more than six months.
If you are a person with a disability and have been looking for work, but have not been able to find work because of your disability, the government is also set to increase the Employment Allowance Personal Independence Payment (EIPP) by £2,000, or £4,000 for people aged 65 and over.
EIPPs also come with the £3.50 per week Jobseeker’s Allowance payment.
However, as the welfare cuts are being announced, the number of people receiving Jobseek has been reduced by more than a quarter.
A spokesperson for the Department Of Work and Skills said: “The Government will be announcing its plans to abolish the Jobseeking Allowance this afternoon.”
A further £2.5bn in funding to support the disabled and vulnerable people is also to be cut, with the government also considering eliminating the Community Development Employment (CDE) Allowance.
As part of the new measures, people with learning difficulties, such a blind person or a hearing person, will lose ESA payments and can only receive up to £2 a week in Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) and Employment and Training Allowance Payments (ETAs).
As the Government works towards its Brexit plans, some of these welfare cuts may have to be reversed if the UK is to remain in the EU.
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