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New data shows that 44% of disabled households have gone without essentials such as food and toiletries because of the benefits freeze, introduced in 2016, Citizens Advice claimed yesterday.

According to the charity, things are even worse for universal credit claimants, with 55% having gone without essentials such as food and 51% saying they have lost sleep because of financial worries.

The data also shows that 27% of people claiming benefits say financial worries have made them feel lonely or isolated. Some 29% say financial worries have affected their mental health.

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to:

End the freeze on benefit rates.

Uprate payments by the Consumer Prices Index plus 2% for four years.

Recalculate the Local Housing Allowance to at least the 30th percentile of local rents and re-establish the link with rental prices.

Reduce the five-week wait by bringing forward the first non-repayable payment to no later than two weeks into a Universal Credit claim.

There are more details on the Citizens Advice website


#2 kris 2019-09-18 14:30
No-one in the UK in the 21st Century should be going without food or other basic necessities. However, assuming people are claiming and getting the benefits they are entitled to, I don't understand why they are going without. I'm on ESA (support group) and basic PIP (No mobility component) and I have enough money to live on (and run a car) without worrying about where my next meal is coming from.

Unfortunately when statistics are given, such as the 44% of disabled people going without essentials, no information is given as to what their income and outgoings are. So It's difficult for me to empathise and makes me wonder what they are spending their benefits on . . . .

Of course, as I say, I'm assuming they are actually getting the benefits they are entitled to. . . .
+4 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2019-09-04 18:06
There's only one solution to end this misery of austerity inflicted on the disabled. And that is not to vote Tory at a GE. It's beggars belief that people keep voting them in government. Fully knowing how they treat the sick / disabled. The light touch PIP review every 10 years was only implemented in order to gain forth coming votes. Why is there no light touch review say every 10 years for the ESA support group. Only common sense tells you the SG is a group, which should simple be pensioned off, not spend years jumping through hoops, because of lying snidey, assessors etc.

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