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100,000 families with disabled children will be worse off by more than £1,800 per year as a result of the 50% cut to the child disability payment under Universal Credit. That’s £180 million less going towards helping disabled children with their extra care costs.
Families with disabled children who’ll be affected in this way are already struggling to afford basics like food and heating. A cut of more than £1,800 a year is likely to result in increased debt, stress and ill health.
There are other features of Universal Credit that are having a negative impact on families with disabled children. Such as the difficulties for disabled young people in education.
We have produced a Universal Credit briefing [PDF] that explains all the issues in more detail. You can also download our factsheet Claiming Universal Credit for a young disabled person [PDF]
Many parents are astounded at the complexities surrounding claiming universal credit. Our research shows 7 in 10 families are worried about the introduction of Universal Credit.
Parents tell us that it is very difficult to source specialist advice locally.
‘I may have given up on the claim had it not been for your advice and continued support. My local advice organisation told me that my son would not qualify and the Jobcentre gave the same incorrect advice.’
Our Universal Credit campaign is calling on the government to: