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The cuts to social benefits made as part of
the Welfare Reform Act 2012 have left many disabled
families struggling for survival, according to a new study of
the impact of the Government's austerity programme published by
think tank Demos.
Since the first changes to benefits were announced in 2010,
Demos has explored the impact of these on disabled people through
the Destination Unknown series, reporting twice a year on how six
disabled households have been faring.
The Destination Unknown report: Summer
2012 calculates that people with disabilities and
their carers have seen their income collectively cut by £500
million in the past two years, leaving many increasingly
financially impoverished, socially isolated and at risk of
declining mental health.
The research warns that the lives of many people with
disabilities will continue to deteriorate over the next three
years as a further £9 billion of predicted cuts to disability
support take effect and social care budgets are further
It concludes that the Government must change impact assessments
so that they do not just consider the aggregate impact of one cut,
but assess the cumulative impact of several cuts on individual
households. Until the Government is able to understand the
household-level impact of multiple changes to benefits and
services, the human cost of the austerity measures will remain
overlooked and policy will be all the worse for it.
the Destination Unknown report (link opens in a new window)
Guardian news article (link opens in a new window)
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