Contact appeals to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to protect disabled children
Wednesday 24th July 2019
More than 13,000 disabled adults are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over Universal Credit, the BBC has reported. The High Court had found that cuts in disability payments had discriminated against disabled adults.
Contact is mystified and disappointed that disabled children are not going to be protected in the same way as disabled adults. Currently some families with a disabled child moving onto Universal Credit face a cut of £35.09 per week, or just over £1,800 per year, in the amount they receive to help towards the care for their disabled child. Since the child disability addition is paid for each disabled child, those families with two children on the lower addition could lose twice this amount.
Una Summerson, Head of Campaigns at Contact said: "It doesn't make sense that disabled adults who have lost out are to receive backdated benefit payments, but not disabled children who are in the same situation.
"We are calling on the government to give back payments to families with disabled children who are facing cuts to disability payments under Universal Credit too. Why should yet another family have to challenge these rules in the courts, putting unnecessary extra stress on families already under enormous pressures?"