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Urgent changes to benefits system needed during Covid-19 crisis

As part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) we've written to Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Our letter outlines a list of urgent actions the UK Government must take to make sure disabled and unwell people aren't left without the money they need during the Covid-19 crisis.

Our letter to UK Government

We raised these points:

  • We’ve alerted the Secretary of State to the danger that disabled and seriously unwell people – who may be most at risk of being badly impacted by the current crisis – could be left to fall through the gaps in the emergency changes being made to the benefits system.
  • Disabled and unwell people who are receiving Employment and Support Allowance urgently need more money to survive, and must not to be left behind by the extra financial support being offered to others.
  • Urgent steps are needed to help protect disabled people in work and parents of disabled children from the economic shock of the Covid-19 emergency.

Read the full letter to Thérèse Coffey on the DBC website

Now we need reassurance

Anastasia Berry, our Policy Manager and Policy Co-Chair of the DBC, says: “While we understand this is a time of crisis, we urge the Government not to lose sight of the 130,000 people living with MS in the UK. Now more than ever, people with this condition desperately need financial support and reassurance for the future.

“MS is relentless, painful and disabling, and the current crisis is making life even harder for many. The steps recommended by the DBC today will be essential to help ease people’s growing anxiety in this uncertain time.”

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