Disabled people ‘to lose £9bn from cuts’

From the Independent. 9th October 2010.

Disabled people will be “pushed even further backwards” in society as they are hit with more than £9bn in welfare cuts over the next five years, a leading think-tank has warned.

The Government’s proposed benefit reforms will see 3.5 million disabled people lose about £9.2bn of critical support by 2015, a report from Demos claims.

Plans to move disabled people on to jobseeker’s allowance will account for half of these losses, it says.

The report, called Destination Unknown, says the reforms will leave more disabled people trapped in long-term unemployment – costing the taxpayer more than at present……

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