Benefits and Work has been asked by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to publicise their call for help with a proposed legal challenge to cuts to ESA.
DPAC’s statement says:
“From Monday (3rd April), new recipients of employment and support allowance deemed healthy enough to carry out 'work related activities' will get up to £1,500 less each year than existing recipients. Anyone who feels able to work and does so for over 12 weeks but then needs to reclaim ESA will be treated as a new claimant.
“When this cut was announced DPAC sought the views of a barrister as to whether this could be legally challenged and the answer was once someone is affected by it then it can be challenged.
We are in touch with a solicitor who is keen to pursue a legal challenge and therefore need to find someone eligible for legal aid willing to make one.
“We believe this could not only be a new claimant but anyone who might wish to work more than 12 weeks but who would then be disadvantaged if they needed to reclaim ESA at a later date.