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Parliament meets for emergency Universal Credit debate today

Tuesday 24th October 2017

MPs will convene later today for an emergency debate on pausing the rollout of Universal Credit.

Following a non-binding vote last week to halt the rollout, speaker John Bercow has granted shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams a debate on what the government intends to do next.

Una Summerson, head of policy and campaigns at Contact, says:

"Families with disabled children will also be affected by delays in Universal Credit payments, but delayed payments or not, this new benefit is set to leave more than 100,000 families with disabled children facing life changing cuts to their financial support.

"That Universal Credit will leave many parent carers - unable to work because of their caring responsibilities - worse off by more than £1600 per year seems to have worryingly slipped under the radar across all political parties.

"Families with disabled children are one of the groups more likely to be worse off than anyone else under Universal Credit. This is because child disability payments are being reduced by more than 50 per cent for many disabled children. And it's why Contact is calling on the PM to reverse cuts to child disability payments under Universal Credit.

"We already know that families with disabled children are already at greater risk of living in poverty than others. And as the Universal Credit rollout continues apace, we are hearing from more and more families - one of the most vulnerable groups in our society - who tell us they are being pushed further into financial hardship as a result - despite assurances to the contrary."

We're calling on the Prime Minister to reverse cuts to child disability payments under Universal Credit. Join us by signing our petition today.

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