Issue date
20 Jun 2014

Commenting on reports today (Friday) of delays to Personal Independence Payments and the rising cost of implementing the welfare cap, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The government’s disastrous shake-up of the welfare system continues apace.

“Today’s revelations about the Personal Independence Payment and the Employment Support Allowance smack not only of incompetence but of a systematic attempt to remove the safety net people depend upon when they fall on hard times.

“It is disgraceful that terminally ill and disabled people are being made to wait for months for vital benefits. Taking money away from the most vulnerable in our society is not the way to make work pay.

“The government’s welfare reforms are unravelling, with costs shooting through the roof and millions being made to suffer.”

- All TUC press releases can be found at
- Follow the TUC on Twitter: @tucnews
- Congress 2014 will be held at the Arena and Convention Centre, Liverpool, from
Sunday 7 September to Wednesday 10 September. Free media passes can be obtained by visiting and completing an online form. Applications must be in by noon on Wednesday 27 August. Any received later than that will be processed in Liverpool and will cost £75.

Media enquiries:
Rob Holdsworth    T: 020 7467 1372    M: 07717 531150     E: