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Disabled children and Universal Credit

Paul Treloar
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The Children’s Society has started an e-petition campaign about cuts to support for disabled children that they say will occur with the introduction of Universal Credit. I’ve also attached their briefing on this issue.

The Government have announced plans for a substantial cut to welfare support for disabled children under the Universal Credit.  The new system will result in many of these children losing up to £1400 per year (£27 per week) compared to the current system - by the time a disabled child reaches 16, this could cost the family £22,000.

In total the Government estimates that 100,000 disabled children would lose out under this change - other estimates suggest the number could be considerably higher.

Financial support is crucial to help these families with the costs of raising a disabled child and manage their extra caring responsibilities.  £27 is more than half the average family’s food budget - enough to mean the difference between a family meeting their child’s basic needs, and being left simply unable to cope.

25 major charities and other organisations have together launched a petition to call on the Government to change these damaging plans.


sign it now and
• promote it on your Facebook, Linked In and Twitter accounts.

We have a one-off opportunity to make a real and important change for disabled children and young people; together we can make a difference.

[ Edited: 6 Aug 2011 at 11:08 am by Paul Treloar ]

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