Earlier this month the Conservative MP for North Dorset, Simon Hoare, voted in favour of cuts of £30 per week to Employment Support Allowances (ESA). ESA’s are benefits paid to disabled job-seekers to help with additional costs they incur in looking for work.
The cuts were condemned by The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) which is a national coalition of 60 charities including The MS Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind. The DBC stated that “the cuts will have a detrimental impact on disabled people’s finances, their health as well as ability to move towards work.”
Mr Hoare is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Multiple Sclerosis and has supported various Guide Dogs campaigns since being elected and is therefore well aware of the unique challenges faced by the disabled in our community.
In the recent Budget, George Osborne announced further cuts to benefits for the disabled through changes to Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) that will reduce spending by £4 billion over the term of this Parliament.
We believe that the priority should be to help those in society who need it most, not to reduce benefits for disabled people in order to fund tax cuts for high earners. We call on Simon Hoare to show real commitment to helping the disadvantaged in our society, not just by chairing committees in Parliament, but by voting AGAINST the cuts to Personal Independence Payments.