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Universal Credit announcement

Friday 11th January 2019

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, said today that making Universal Credit work is "the most important job in Government at the moment."

Una Summerson head of campaigns at Contact, the charity for families with disabled children says:

"While we welcome Amber Rudd's commitment to make Universal Credit fairer, 100,000 families with disabled children will still be worse off by more than £1,750 a year per child. This is because of an unfair 50 per cent cut to the lower child disability additions under Universal Credit.

Contact wants the government to reverse this as a matter of urgency. Our own Counting the Costs research shows that families with disabled children are already struggling to afford essentials like food and heating and their finances are precariously balanced.

Losing £1,750 on top of this is likely to have a devastating effect on the families we support, resulting in increased debt, stress and ill health. These are some of the most vulnerable families in our society - and the very ones that our social security system should be supporting and protecting."

We will provide more detail on the announcements following the official statement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions later today.  

More information

For advice on what Universal Credit means for your family, please visit our webpages written by our specialist family finances helpline or call them on 0808 808 3555.