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#907402 - 30th Oct 2014 9:23am Cuts to employment &support allowance considered
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Cuts to employment and support allowance 'considered'

Ministers are considering drastically cutting the main Employment and Support Allowance sickness benefit, internal documents seen by the BBC suggest.

New claimants, judged to be capable of work with appropriate support, could be given just 50p more per week than people on job seekers allowance.

Current recipients get almost £30 per week more.

The Department for Work and Pensions said the ESA proposals were not government policy.

The papers reveal that the government has also been forced to hire extra staff to clear the backlog on the benefit.

Some 100 healthcare professionals are being hired to carry out fitness-for-work tests. The staff, who will be employed through the Pertemps agency, will help to reduce a backlog of more than 600,000 cases.

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#907411 - 30th Oct 2014 9:50am Re: Cuts to employment &support allowance considered [Re: Mark]
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Did not realise people on sickness benefits got more money.....why is that????

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#907525 - 30th Oct 2014 9:32pm Re: Cuts to employment &support allowance considered [Re: Mark]
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Because £72 a week JSA is only enough to subsist on, when people are on ESA, they need enough to live on as they cant work.

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