During the Opposition Day Debate ahead of next week’s Autumn Statement Helen took the opportunity to call on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to stop the proposed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) cuts. From April 2017 new ESA claimants placed in the Work Related Activity Group will only receive the basic allowance – same as Jobseekers Allowance claimants – a cut of £30 a week.
Helen Goodman MP, former DWP Minister, said:
“4470 people in Bishop Auckland constituency are dependent on ESA and that’s why I am calling on the Government to stop the proposed cuts.
Cutting the incomes of sick and disabled people is unkind, indeed cruel, and will make it more difficult for disabled people to find work. 7 foodbanks have sprung up in my constituency since 2010. We don’t want even more people to need them.
And it doesn’t make economic sense either. That’s another £1million that won’t be spent on the local high street and doesn’t help the local economy. The Government must rethink this cruel proposal”
Autumn Statement Distributional Analysis, Universal Credit and ESA
16 November 2016