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Report reveals the impact of welfare changes on disabled people

The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) has been researching the impact of 10 years of benefit cuts on disabled people. Its report, 'Has Welfare become unfair?', reveals that the changes have had a devastating effect, removing financial security and leaving disabled people living in poverty and isolation.

The report find that the changes have left disabled adults four times worse off financially than non-disabled adults, and that a ‘survival of the fittest’ welfare regime exists: 'It is one where disabled people without knowledge, and financial and social resources, are less able to weather the protracted and difficult process from application to award.'

The DBC is a national coalition of more than 80 charities and organisations (including Deafblind UK, RNIB, Guide Dogs, Pocklington Trust and Sense) committed to working towards a fairer benefits system. You can find out more and download the report here.