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Disabled Job Support in England and Wales Axed Amid Benefits Crackdown: Prime Minister's Plan Criticized by Charities

The Work and Health Programme, a £100m scheme in England and Wales designed to help disabled people find jobs, is being closed down this autumn.
This decision comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced plans to cut disability benefits for approximately 420,000 sick and disabled individuals, aiming to encourage them to work.

Charities argue that this benefit reduction could instead leave people in financial hardship.

The text discusses the controversy surrounding UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's plans to reduce the disability welfare budget and give decision-making power over employee health to officials without medical training.

Disability charities have criticized these moves as a "full-on assault on disabled people." The government aims to cut the £69bn annual disability welfare budget due to rising sickness levels.

The Health Foundation warns that by 2040, 3.7 million adults, primarily in deprived areas, will live with major illnesses like diabetes, chronic pain, or depression due to health inequalities.

Rishi Sunak, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, criticized what he called Britain's "sicknote culture" and expressed concern about young people on welfare.

However, most statutory sick pay recipients are women over 50 working part-time, according to the Resolution Foundation.

Sunak emphasized the need to help people return to work as part of a moral mission, but he failed to mention the end of funding for the Work and Health Programme, which assists individuals in regaining employment.
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