DWP disability benefit cuts will impact 450,000 people – but very few will actually find paid work

Disability benefit cuts that are expected to affect more than 450,000 people by 2029 will only lead to 15,400 more people finding paid work, according to official forecasts by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). 

Figures published last week by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that its planned changes to the work capability assessment (WCA), which are due to come into effect next year, will lead to lower benefits or higher work-search conditions for around 457,000 people by 2028/29. 

But OBR forecasts published on the same day predict the changes will see just 15,400 more people move into paid work in that time – despite the measures supposedly being introduced in order to help people into work.


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