The government’​s welfare reforms are having a devastating impact on thousands of sick and disabled Scots –​ according to evidence published today (Thursday 23rd Feb) by Citizens Advice Scotland.
The report, ‘​From Pillar to Post’​, describes the experience of the 170,000 Scots who are currently receiving Incapacity Benefit, and who are now being assessed for the new Employment &​ Support Allowance (ESA). These people have long been considered too sick to work, and are now having to prove they are not ‘​faking it’​ –​ just because the government has changed the definition of what it is to be ill. They are being moved from one benefit to another, and 115,000 of them are set to lose out in the process.


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