Open letter urges Government to increase disability benefits and widen eligibility criteria to prevent ‘devastating humanitarian crisis’

Dial West Cheshire supports and reaffirms the open letter to the Prime Minister, calling for her to increase disability benefits, and their eligibly criteria, in a bid to prevent a “devastating humanitarian crisis”.

The letter has been jointly sent by the Disability Poverty Campaign Group (DPCG), which is made up of organisations, and national charities working to prevent poverty in the disabled community, as well as the Disability Benefits Consortium – a national coalition of over 100 charities and other organisations.

The letter highlights growing issues disabled people face as the cost of living crisis continues to rise.

Key actions it asks Liz Truss to take are to:

  • Increase benefits by 1 October, when the new energy price cap of £2,500 a year for typical users comes in, so they’re in line with inflation.
  • Widen the eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount, so it includes more disabled people.
  • Increase the minimum income guarantee (MIG) for statutory social care recipients, at least in line with inflation, by 1 October. The MIG is an amount set aside to cover everyday expenses when you receive local authority arranged home care. This is usually set at a weekly amount.
With the cost of living having such a big impact on people with lived experience of disability and long term health conditions, the letter asks Liz Truss to increase disability benefits to prevent a “devastating humanitarian crisis”.
Follow this link to read the letter in full: Open letter to the Prime Minister.