“The government is currently being investigated by the United Nations because of allegations that many of us have made regarding the welfare “reforms”, which have extended gross and systematic abuse of the human rights of disabled people.”
Disabled people are already carrying a disproportionately high burden of austerity cuts.
Government ministers are planning to cut a key element of the Personal Independent Payment (PIP). Last year a consultation indicated that the Conservatives were considering ways of reducing eligibility criteria for the daily living component of PIP, by narrowing definitions of aids and appliances.
From January 2017, the cut is likely to hit people with incontinence or those who struggle to dress themselves and will affect at least 640,000 disabled people by 2020.
Controversially, it is alleged that the cuts to disability benefit will fundtax cuts for the most affluent – the top 7% of earners. The Chancellor is set to raise the threshold at which people start paying 40p tax, in a move that will probably see hundreds of thousands of people pulled out of the higher rate of income tax, in the coming budget…
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