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Tuesday 19th June 2018

During June the Universal Credit full service is being rolled out to a further 60 job centres across the UK.

Contact is currently campaigning for three changes to Universal Credit rules, which are unfair to families with disabled children:

  • Reverse cuts to the lower disabled child element under Universal Credit, which will see 100,000 families with disabled children worse off by £1,750 each year.
  • Remove rules that mean Universal Credit is stopped when a disabled child is in hospital for six months.
  • Remove rules that mean Universal Credit is stopped when a disabled child lives away from home such as in residential school.

Our information on Universal Credit

Visit our Universal Credit webpage for more information about Universal Credit and who is expected to claim it.

You can also download our Universal Credit - the essentials factsheet [PDF] or our factsheet on how Universal Credit affects families with disabled children [PDF].

If you are affected by any of these issues and need advice, get in touch with our helpline.