BBC Radio 4, 22 February 2016

Ahead of a key vote in the House of Commons tomorrow, Senior Research Director Charlotte Pickles appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Your and Yours to discuss the Government’s proposal to reduce the rate of benefit paid to people on the lower level of Employment and Support Allowance.

She argued that whilst there are a number of reasons why people do not move off ESA into work, the rate at which the benefit is set is an important one. She cited evidence from other countries that shows the higher the rate the longer someone is likely  to claim benefits. She also argued that ESA is not designed to meet the additional costs a disabled person may incur and that there is a separate benefit, Personal Independence Payment, for that.