About us Blog Before the Comprehensive Spending Review... new infographic reveals depth of spending cuts already hitting disabled people All eyes will be on George Osborne today, as the Chancellor of the Exchequer faces the unenviable task of announcing further spending cuts and austerity measures to add to the ones first unveiled in 2010. While the Treasury has remained tight lipped on what measures will be in the Comprehensive Spending Review, which will set out Government spending for the years 2015 and 2016, most experts agree that they will be harsher than the Coalition Government had hoped and that local authorities will bear a great deal of the weight of cuts. Much will be made of the political impact of the spending cuts, with many journalists and opposition politicians likely to question how much of these new austerity measures could have been avoided if a different economic course had been charted over the last few years. Others will be ready to argue that the Government is still dealing with a poor economic legacy handed to it by the previous Labour Government. One thing which can't be doubted is that the spending cuts are already having an impact, even before these new measures are announced. At United Response we, like many other commentators and voluntary organisations, fear that disabled people are being disproportionately affected. Since coming to power in 2010, the Coalition Government has tried to simplify the welfare system and reduce the amount it spends on benefits. Sweeping changes have been made to welfare, housing and disability benefits. United Response has created an infographic in an attempt to summarise some of the big changes that will have a particular impact on disabled people. It includes figures from a range of sources, including the Government itself, Demos and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. It includes huge figures like the estimated £28.3 billion of cuts which will fall on disabled people, as well as details such as the £14-16 disabled people will lose, on average, because of the so-called bedroom tax. It is not a comprehensive picture of all the changes that will have an effect on disabled people - that would be impossible with the information currently available. In fact, we would argue that the Government does not know what the combined impact of all of its reforms and changes will be on disabled people. That’s why United Response is joining other charities and disability campaigners to call on the Government to carry out a cumulative impact assessment of how all of the reforms will affect disabled people. This should be undertaken before any measures announced in today's Comprehensive Spending Review can take effect, perhaps influencing the way in which policies are implemented. Jaime Gill, head of press and public affairs.