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DUDLEY MP IAN AUSTIN BACKS CALLS FOR URGENT REFORM OF THE WELFARE SYSTEM

Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) calls for urgent reform of the welfare system.

The DBC is a national coalition of more than 80 different charities and organisations committed to working towards a fair benefits system.

Their research found that changes to the welfare system over the past ten years have left disabled people financially four times worse off than non-disabled people.

It also found that the more disabilities you have the more you lose out. For example someone who has six or more disabilities loses over £2,100 each year on average, whereas someone with one disability loses around £700 each year.

And it also showed that households with one disabled adult and one disabled child lose out the most - with average losses of over £4,300 per year.

For disabled people, these benefits provide vital financial support to help them with the extra costs they face and so when it is taken away they do not only lose money, they lose access to transport, their independence - and in some cases - their jobs.

Ian Austin said:

“It is shocking that disabled people are losing out on vital support because of a system that is meant to protect them.

“The impact on their health and well-being has been highly destructive and in many cases, made their condition worse.

“These changes cannot continue to drive some of the most vulnerable people in Dudley and across the UK into poverty.

“That’s why I’m calling on the Government to properly support disabled people and urgently reform the welfare system.”

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