George Osborn’s ESA double whammy

Telling it as it is

imagesGeorge Osborn wants to take away the extra money (£30) that the sick receive within their Employment and Support Allowance

George saw it and thought he had sorted it, unfortunately this is the mess he has “sorted”.

Having a disability doesn’t mean you are ill. so it is possible to be claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the same time.

At the same time it is also possible to be ill and have a disability. so it is possible to claim sickness benefit (Employment and Support Allowance) ESA and DLA/PIP at the same time.

DLA/PIP dispenses a disability premium into your main benefit (JSA or ESA)

ESA in itself attracts extra money by virtue of the WRAG group

As DLA/PIP also dispenses extra money in the form of a premium, this meant that ESA would attract 2 pots of extra money…

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