Cuts mean ‘hard times ahead’

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CONTROVERSIAL changes to incapacity benefit will hit hundreds of Midlothian residents, a charity has warned.

Changes kicked in on Monday (April 30) which will leave many in a “terrible situation” according to Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network (MFIN).

Concerning statistics released by MFIN estimate that hundreds of sick and disabled residents living in the county face financial hardship due to changes to contributory-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Shirley Lamb, Development Worker at MFIN, said: “Midlothian, where many former miners and those affected by heavy industry are unwell and claiming benefit, will be particularly affected by this.

“People who have over £16,000 in savings or have a spouse earning more than £149 you will not qualify for ESA.

“Likewise, ex-miners who receive a pension from the Coal Board or who have wives who are still working will be hit hard.

“It’s a terrible situation and lots of people are not aware of what’s going on.

Read full story in the May 3 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.