British government’s welfare reforms and spending cuts will leave disabled people worse off, the Trades Union Congress has warned.
TUC Assistant General Secretary Kay Carberry has warned the cuts to the NHS and the new Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will take millions of pounds from disabled people's pocket.
Carberry plans to address the Disabled Workers’ conference today, which will focus on the protection of disability rights and fighting against the discrimination of disabled workers in recruitment.
“These are profoundly tough times for disabled workers. The government’s austerity drive is destroying jobs and cutting back the public services many rely upon The NHS, social care and mental health support are all suffering real-terms cuts,” Carberry will say.
An earlier study by thinktank Demos and disability charity Scope also warned British disabled people will lose an estimated £28 billion due to the government’s welfare cuts by 2017-2018, with some people losing up to £23,000 each over five years.
British government has so far refused to provide data on the combined impact of the six welfare cuts on the disabled.