Pointing out that the cuts amounted to PS1,500 a year, she said: "The proposal to cut the incomes of people on ESA WRAG
by PS1,500 is one of the most meanspirited yet from this Government.
Mind joined other members of the Disability Benefits Consortium - including Mencap, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson's UK, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and the MS Society - in signing the open letter to protest against Mr Duncan Smith's plan to cut PS30 a week from new claimants in the WRAG
group of ESA in order to bring it in line with Jobseekers' Allowance.
provide support for people assessed as being unfit for work but able to undertake activities to help them move towards work.
Those placed into the WRAG
(currently around 30 per cent of existing claims, and just 18 per cent of new claims) face many of the same problems.
Between 1994-98, WRAG
conducted an extensive study titled "Women & Law in the Muslim Community", with the declared aim of collecting, documenting and analyzing the diverse civil or family laws that are applied to Muslims in India.
One member of Maine's WRAG
commented that "there was a great deal of working between state [officials] and groups...the department saw great value in engaging groups." A member of Rhode Island's WRAG
noted that the state had achieved "a good law, a fair law" but expressed concerns that elected officials would undermine the terms of reform agreed upon by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and advocate groups.
The review shows that the current Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) WRAG
rate is already not enough to work as an income replacement considering that ESA WRAG
claimants are likely to spend around two years out of work.
The Tories divide people on ESA into two categories, with those they deem capable of doing some work in the future placed in the "workrelated activities group" (WRAG
How readers saw the Budget unfold AS I see it, those who are in a work-related activity group (WRAG
) will be re-assesed when they are due, found fit to work, lose appeals and have to re-claim, therefore losing their PS30 a week.
British-born Diana, 47, spoke glowingly about Devon-based Wrag
Wrap on her blog, Eco Products That Work.
His proposals would see new claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) who are placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG
) see their weekly payments drop by nearly PS30 a week.