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Lower child disability addition in universal credit challenged in High Court


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Contact report that:

‘This week, the High Court is hearing a case brought by the parent of a disabled child affected by the cut to the lower child disability addition under universal credit.The parent is arguing that it is discriminatory not to offer transitional protection to families with a disabled child, in order to shield them from a sudden cut to financial support when they move onto universal credit.

... Only the most severely disabled children - who either get the higher rate of DLA care component or who are registered blind - continue to qualify for equivalent additional payments under universal credit. All other disabled children qualify for significantly lower additions under universal credit than the old legacy benefits. This means that more than 100,000 disabled children with significant care needs are likely to lose out under universal credit.’

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[ Edited: 21 Oct 2021 at 04:33 pm by shawn mach ]