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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5 thoughts on “Universal Credit changes don’t go far enough for disabled people, say charities

  1. Justin

    it is a start however while you still insist on a dodgy assessment carried out incorrectly it will not be over until you have looked at and addressed the issue concerning the assessment and decision maker’s, you can act as much as you like but until you look at the root cause you have more tribunals and complaints than you can handle and a failing NHS due to the innacuracies caused by the dwp that are putting people back into the social care system, even the dwp might be able to understand that

  2. Jeffrey Davies

    aktion t4 at its best it wont only affect the sick disabled mentally ill it now affect those who work aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado

  3. Jeffrey Davies

    repay hold on we rob you of twenty but ease the pain we give you a pound hmmm

  4. Stephen John Davis

    I’ve been waiting for Severe Disability Premium after a successful PIP tribunal outcome taking 18 months. The ESA just keep saying it hasn’t been looked at yet. What protection do I get from the vermin McVey when I don’t even get SDP yet? Even though I definitely would have applied 18 months ago.

  5. Jenny

    Cannot find out anywhere whether pensioners on pension credit and DLA /pip will lose their severe disability premiums too.Nobody seems to know.

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