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  1. Welfare Reformupdate for disabled workersMark WillisCPAG in Scotland

  2. What’s changing? • Employment and Support Allowance • Personal Independence Payment • Universal credit • Permitted work rules? • Disabled worker rules in working tax credit? What’s happening to:

  3. Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) • Reassessment for people on • incapacity benefit, income support due to incapacity, or severe disablement allowance • Over a third found fit for work • Appeal? Or claim jobseeker’s allowance • Work-related activity group • Risk of sanction £71.00 a week • Time-limiting of contributory ESA • Support group • permitted work for indefinite period

  4. Permitted work • Less than 16 hours a week or part of a treatment programme, or supported work • Earnings no more than £99.50 a week • All earnings disregarded for ESA and housing benefit • Up to 52 weeks or unlimited if supported work or in support group • Up to £20 a week for unlimited period

  5. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) • Replacement for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for working age adults • New claimants from June 2013 • Renewals, reviews and young people turning 16 from October 2013 • Reassessment for existing DLA claimants aged 16-64 from October 2015 • Two rates for daily living, two rates for mobility • DLA stops if do not qualify for PIP

  6. Working tax credit • Working at least 16 hours a week • Qualifying benefit in work or before starting work • Disability which puts you at a disadvantage in getting a job • Basic £1,920 (£37.80 pw) + £2,855 (£54.90 pw) disabled worker element payable • £1,220 (£23.46 pw) severe disability element payable • Earn up to £123.46 a week before losing WTC, then withdrawn at 41%

  7. Universal credit • Replacement for working age means-tested benefits • Single benefit for adult, children and housing costs • Payable in or out of work • Limited capability for work (LCW) or work-related activity (LCWRA) addition • Online claiming • Monthly payments

  8. Universal credit and disabled workers • No hours rules • Person with LCW can earn up to: • £647 a month (£149.30 pw) if no rent • £192 a month (£43.65 pw) if liable for rent • Universal credit then withdrawn at 65% • If in work, can only be newly assessed as having LCW if getting DLA or PIP • Amounts for LCW or LCWRA • No disability premiums linked to DLA or PIP

  9. More Information www.cpag.org.uk E-bulletins Guide to universal credit Welfare Rights Bulletin CPAG in Scotland Advice Line for Advisers 0141 552 0552 Or email advice@cpagscotland.org.uk