500,000 disabled people are expected to lose out

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                                                                           Around 500,000
                                                                           disabled people
                                               are "expected to lose out" when the
                                               Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is
                                               scrapped, a new report claims.

                                      The Tipping Point, authored by a coalition of 90
                                      disabled people's organisations and charities
                                      called The Hardest Hit, was highly critical of the
                                      Government's attitude to disabled people,
                                      claiming there has been a £500 million drop in
disability support since George Osborne's 2010 Emergency Budget.

The report's research, largely based around surveys and interviews with both disabled
claimants and welfare officers, showed that 65% of respondents believe they would
have to give up work without the support of the DLA.

The figures suggested the loss of employees from the workforce could be as high as
50,400, resulting in a possible reduction of £293.3 million in tax receipts to the
Treasury. But the report did stress that variables make calculating exact figures

The Department for Work and Pensions had "failed to consider" knock on effects of
scrapping the DLA, the report claimed, citing examples such as increased burdens on
council funded care if 500,000 people were to lose benefits. It argued the £2 billion in
savings expected by the Government from ending DLA is "overestimated" by potentially
£1.6 billion.

Increased costs such as implementation; lost tax revenue; and increased dependence
on council services, were predicted by the report to largely cancel out hoped for
The Government's disability assessment process was also criticised by the report, with
65% of interviewees saying that disability assessors "did not understand their
condition", and 87% of welfare advisors arguing "constant re-assessments for benefits
are damaging people's health".

The report highlighted the fact that disabled people are "twice as likely to live in
poverty" and only a small loss of income can "tip people with a disability into greater
dependence on health and social care services or friends and family".

Jaspal Dhani, chief executive of the UK Disabled People's Council (UKDPC) and co-
chair of the Hardest Hit campaign, said: "Disabled people, those with long-term
conditions and their families are already at risk of hardship and face massive barriers to
getting into work and education. Cuts to the support they depend upon risk pushing
them into poverty, debt and isolation.

"The Chancellor has just announced a further £10 billion cut to the welfare budget. With
£9 billion having already been removed from disability benefits and services in this
Parliament, disabled people are already at a tipping point."

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