Turning Point responds to the Autumn Statement

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, Chief Executive of Turning Point, Lord Victor Adebowale said;

"The Chancellor's Autumn Statement confirms that there are tough times ahead, the debt target has been missed and the Government's austerity measures have been extended to the end of 2018.

The impact the statement will have on lower incomes families and individuals concerns me. Although disability and carer's benefits are set to rise in line with inflation it is extremely worrying to hear that the Chancellor has capped the uprate of ESA, which is a benefit for people who are ill or disabled, out of work or who need personalised help to remain in work, to 1% over the next three years.

From the experience of people we support, individuals on ESA can expect to be out of work for a significantly long time, if not indefinitely. Without sufficient financial support an individual's move into work is unrealistic at best, impossible at worst. We need to ensure that in the face of austerity measures the support the Government provides to those most in need does not suffer."