Broken benefits system hitting thousands of Disabled people

Thousands of Disabled people on out of work benefits, such as ESA and Jobseeker’s Allowance, are facing considerable mental health and physical challenges as the pandemic has left them struggling financially, new research shows.

The stark findings are from the latest Disability Benefits Consortium’s (DBC) survey.

It was completed by over 1,800 Disabled people in receipt of out of work benefits (also known as ‘legacy benefits’) and findings include:

  • Over two thirds (78%) said their financial situation was ‘worse’ compared to at the start of the pandemic
  • Half (52%) are spending ‘significantly more’ on household bills and utilities than they were before the pandemic, with a third (37%) spending ‘somewhat more’ …

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