mencapUniversal Credit taper rate does nothing to mitigate cuts to Employment and Support Allowance – Mencap response to Autumn statement.

Mencap highlights an Autumn Statement that fails to mitigate any of the damaging effects of the £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance and failure to explain how the Government intends to halve the disability employment gap – a key manifesto commitment to disabled people.

Dan Scorer, Head of Policy at Mencap said:

“The Chancellor has failed to heed calls from his own MPs to reverse damaging cuts to disabled people’s benefits that will drive them further from work and push them towards or deeper into poverty. He has also failed to address the serious crisis in funding for social care.

“Whilst the change to the taper rate to Universal Credit will allow some people in work to keep a small amount more of their income, it does little to mitigate the damaging effect of the £30 a week cut to Employment and Support Allowance and it’s equivalent in Universal Credit – a cut which will hit both those out of work and those in work on low incomes.

“At the last election, the Government made a promise to disabled people that they would halve the disability employment gap.  The Autumn Statement offers little to help people with a learning disability move into work, or cope with the loss of support from social care services.”