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Tuesday 10th April 2012
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This report from Citizens Advice Scotland is based on the experiences of those accessing Citizens Advice Bureaus across Scotland. It looks at the huge impact of the reassessment process for those being migrated from Incapacity Benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which has been taking place since April 2011.
Over 170,000 claimants in Scotland will undergo a reassessment for sickness benefits by 2014 at a rate of around 1,000 per week.
Quote from report:
In terms of the numbers affected and the scale and severity of the impact, the reforms to incapacity benefits that are now underway are probably the most far-reaching changes to the benefits system for at least a generation. They will impoverish vast numbers of households, and cause untold distress in countless more. The incapacity benefit numbers need to be brought down, but this is not the way.
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