SNP MP CALLS FOR REASSURANCES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE FOLLOWING BREXIT

SNP MP Owen Thompson, has today called on the Government to give reassurances to the many sick and disabled people who are left in the dark following cuts to ESA, and potentially left even worse off without the protections provided by the EU.

The MP for Midlothian asked the Department for Work and Pensions Minister Stephen Crabb to ensure that the Government have a plan in the Green Paper to ‘give back’ to those impacted by the changes and ensure that plans are accurately assessed, recognised and valued by the state.

Campaigners for disability groups fear that the loss of legislation such as the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been crucial in campaigns run by disability groups against the Bedroom Tax, could worsen the situation for disabled people further.

Charities have warned that the current cut to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) WRAG due to be implemented on April 1st 2017 would make it more difficult for disabled people to find work and that many struggled to afford food on the benefit at its current level.

Owen Thompson MP said:

“A post-Brexit Tory Government seems likely to continue to impose a warped concept of social justice that reinforces and validates their actions, and which will likely continue to oppress many groups and I fear that the most vulnerable will feel those effects disproportionately ”.

“The Government must make clear that changes are accurately assessed and do not result in leaving disabled people in harmful and dire situations caused by an irresponsibly run Brexit campaign which offered no answers for disabled people during the campaign, and even less once the Brexit puppeteers ran away.”