The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 legislated for the abolition of the Work-Related Activity Component (WRAC) of ESA for new claimants from April 2017.
Work-Related Activity Component paid to those in the WRAG would be abolished for new claims from April 2017. The equivalent element in Universal Credit will also be abolished. This will be a reduction of £29.05 a week (based on 2016-17 rates) and aligns the rate of payment with those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (2016-17 rate: £73.10 a week). Existing claimants will not be affected, while there will be protections for those who may move into the WRAG or Universal Credit equivalent from the Support Group.
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