Scope has commented after a judge granted a High Court review of Universal Credit in relation to the loss of vital disability premiums.
Scope analysis found that disabled people could lose as much as £395
a month by moving from ESA to Universal Credit.
Mark Atkinson, Chief Executive at disability charity Scope, said:
“The loss of vital disability premiums will be disastrous for many disabled people.
“These premiums are not a luxury – many disabled people rely on financial support for basic needs such as food, clothing and heating.
“Disabled people appear to have been ignored, with neither the design or implementation of Universal Credit recognising their circumstances.
“If the Government fails to address this, it will unfairly penalise disabled people for moving over to Universal Credit.”
Notes to the editor:
Scope calculation based on an individual aged 25+ without housing costs who is entitled to the Work Related Activity Group element of Employment and Support Allowance as well as the Severe Disability Premium, totalling £713.27 per month. Because only the standard allowance would be payable under Universal Credit, payments would fall to £317.82 per month. Calculation is based on DWP (2016) Proposed benefit and pension rates 2017 to 2018
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