Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey MP, has announced that people with severe disabilities who have moved from legacy benefits to Universal Credit will be compensated for the loss of the Severe Disability Premium, which has been axed under the new system.

Ms McVey also said others will only be moved to Universal Credit once there are adequate protections in place for the loss of income.

Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group Alison Garnham, welcomed the changes but added that extra support should also be made available for parents of disabled children: “We hope the Secretary of State will follow up today’s announcement with reforms to end the comparable unfair losses faced by claimants with disabled children.”

Vicki Nash, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Mind said: “It’s really concerning that thousands of people with mental health problems lost their much-needed income in the move over to Universal Credit, and hundreds of thousands more were left living in fear that it could happen to them. It’s right that the Government will repay those affected.

“What’s most important now is that they work quickly to identify and reimburse the people who have already lost their premiums. We’re seeking confirmation from the Government that everyone who is out of pocket under Universal Credit will be reimbursed.”

Source: Universal Credit changes don’t go far enough for disabled people, say charities

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