Nottm North's "sick but trying to work" get a kick in the teeth
Employment Support Allowance was introduced to reduce the number of people claiming sickness benefits by having stricter qualifying criteria but local MP, Graham Allen says: “However the system is rejigged by Government cost cutting it seems Nottingham’s sick stubbornly remain sick and can’t be shelved. Figures and the cuts made this week show a devastating effect on my constituents who are already struggling to get by under Government austerity”.
“1,500 ill people and their families in Nottingham North will be hit by Government forced changes to cut ESA for the Work Related Action Group (WRAG) by £30 a week.”
“Latest figures from Nottingham City Council show that Nottingham North –the forgotten part of our City –is particularly hard hit compared to the rest of the city. The northern estates has four out of the five highest wards for benefits claimants (Bilborough, Bulwell, Aspley and Bestwood) and 6,695 claim some form of sickness benefits (Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit).”
The number of people claiming sickness benefits has risen in eight of the last nine months. Claimant numbers are now approaching the levels seen in October 2008 when ESA was introduced. The fact that the Nottingham figures are nearly as high as in 2008 show how this Government is going backwards and my sick constituents are paying the price”.
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