Ongoing benefit changes
The benefit changes mentioned below apply to England, Scotland and Wales. Most of the changes also apply in Northern Ireland although there may be differences in the date when this happens.
All new claims for means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age have been replaced by a new Universal Credit. The only exception to this is some disabled adults who already qualify for a payment known as the severe disability premium as part of an existing means-tested benefit. They are exempt from Universal Credit and can still make new claims for the old benefits that Universal Credit has replaced.
The government also intends to move existing claimants of means-tested benefits and tax credits onto Universal Credit. This will happen gradually. This has started with a pilot of around 10,000 claimants in July 2019. Most existing claimants are not expected to move onto Universal Credit until some point between 2020 and 2023.
We are concerned that many families with disabled children will be worse off on Universal Credit over time.
Changes in Scotland
Introduction of new devolved disability and carers benefits in Scotland.
Between 2020 and 2022, the Scottish Government will introduce a package of new disability and carers benefits in Scotland. This will include:
- From Summer 2020, the introduction of a new Disability Assistance for Children and Young People to replace new claims for Disability Living Allowance.
- From early 2021, the introduction of Disability Assistance for working age people to replace new claims for Personal Independence Payment.
- From 2021, the introduction of Disability Assistance for Older People to replace new claims for Attendance Allowance.
- From 2022, the introduction of carer's assistance to replace new claims for Carer's Allowance.
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