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Universal Credit leaves families with disabled children at particular risk of being worse off

Thursday 6th February 2020

On Monday the Court of Appeal upheld judgments in two linked High Court cases, a ruling that will protect thousands of severely disabled people against a sudden and severe drop in their income due to the rollout of Universal Credit.

And on Tuesday the BBC aired the first of its three-part series on the rollout of Universal Credit.

Unfortunately, disabled children who face the same extra costs won't get the same protection. More than 100,000 families with disabled children will be worse off by more than £1800 per year per child under Universal Credit.

Most will not get transitional payments either. This is because they will be asked to claim Universal Credit due to a change of circumstances - such as a loss of employment, relationship breakdown or move of tenancy to a new area - rather than through the managed migration process, which continues to be delayed.

We're here for families moving onto Universal Credit

The introduction of Universal Credit amounts to the most far-reaching change to the benefits system in generations. Over the next four years, around 6 million claimants will be moved from their existing means tested benefits onto Universal Credit.

If you need advice about moving onto Universal Credit, Contact is here for you. We know our accessibility is a big help for families whose caring responsibilities precludes them from visiting face-to-face meetings.

You can find information on our website 24/7, use our Common Questions Tool, listen to our podcasts, call our helpline or chat to us via live chat. You can also visit our Facebook page to talk to other families and join in our Live Q&A sessions.

We'll also continue to ensure policy makers know about the design features of Universal Credit that adversely impact on families with disabled children and make recommendations on how the benefit can be improved.

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