Vulnerable and disabled people at risk of dropping out of the welfare system

Vulnerable and disabled people at risk of dropping out of the welfare system

The homeless charity Shelter Scotland has warned that the Welfare Reform Act 2012 will increase the number of people falling out of the system.

The new system proposed in the bill will, along with other measures like the Universal Credit, replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). According to DWP figures 500,000 people who would have qualified for DLA by 2016 will not qualify for PIP.

The charity also warned of the risk of vulnerable and disabled people dropping out of the welfare system altogether due to a lack of support during the application and assessment process.

Gordon Macrae, Shelter Scotland`s head of communications and policy explained “We’re seeing an increasing number of people who are falling out the system entirely. It’s not because there isn’t a safety net there to help them, it is because the system is making it particularly difficult for them to access.”

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