Stop the time limiting of ESA!


The House of Lords votes on time-limiting employment support allowance (ESA) TOMORROW as part of the ghastly Welfare Reform Bill.

Under the proposed changes, if you fall seriously ill, you will have an work capability assessment. If that assessment finds that you are indeed unwell, but may be able to do some work at some point, you will only qualify for support for a year.

At the end of a year, no matter how ill you remain, if you have a partner who earns just £7,500 or more, or have limited savings, you will lose all ESA. All of it.

Those with long term, serious illnesses, mental health conditions and learning disabilities are likely to be the worst affected. Sickness benefits as we know them will become a thing of the past.

We have to make sure the inboxes of Lib Dem peers are full of emails telling them to vote against time limiting ESA tomorrow morning.

Here’s a handy list of Lib Dem peers’ addresses:
addingtond@parliament.uk; alderdicej@parliament.uk; allanr@parliament.uk; ashdownp@parliament.uk; barkere@parliament.uk; benjaminf@parliament.uk; bonhamcarterj@parliament.uk; brintons@parliament.uk; carlilea@parliament.uk; chidgeyd@parliament.uk; clementjonest@parliament.uk; cotterb@parliament.uk; dholakian@parliament.uk; ezrad@parliament.uk; falknerk@parliament.uk; gardens@parliament.uk; germanm@parliament.uk; goodhartw@parliament.uk; greavesa@parliament.uk; hamwees@parliament.uk; harrisa@parliament.uk; ecem@parliament.uk; jonesn@parliament.uk; kramers@parliament.uk; leej@parliament.uk; lestera@parliament.uk; linklaterv@parliament.uk; loombar@parliament.uk; maclennanr@parliament.uk; mcnallyt@parliament.uk; maddockd@parliament.uk ; marksj@parliament.uk; methuenr@parliament.uk; millers@parliament.uk; newbyr@parliament.uk; northoverl@parliament.uk; oakeshottm@parliament.uk; palmerm@parliament.uk; parminterk@parliament.uk; randersonj@parliament.uk; rennardc@parliament.uk; robertsr@parliament.uk; scottrc@parliament.uk; sharpm@parliament.uk; shipleyj@parliament.uk; shuttd@parliament.uk; smitht@parliament.uk; stephenn@parliament.uk; thomasm@parliament.uk; thomass@parliament.uk; thomascm@parliament.uk; tongej@parliament.uk; topeg@parliament.uk; tordoffg@parliament.uk; tylerp@parliament.uk; wallacew@parliament.uk; wallacej@parliament.uk; walmsleyj@parliament.uk; williamss@parliament.uk; willisg@parliament.uk

You can find a template letter at http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.com/2011/12/time-limiting-esa-template-letter-to.html and more information at http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.com/2012/01/whats-wrong-with-time-limiting.html, http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.com/2012/01/time-limiting-esa-clause-51-amendment.html and http://wheresthebenefit.blogspot.com/2011/12/time-limiting-esa-we-must-stop-it.html.

We will not the let ill and disabled pay the price for a crisis caused by a wealthy elite!