Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

UNA SUM­MER­SON Head of Pol­icy Con­tact a Fam­ily

CON­TACT a Fam­ily – the only UK char­ity that sup­ports fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren what­ever their dis­abil­ity – is de­lighted the Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne de­cided to scrap cuts to tax cred­its in his spend­ing re­view this au­tumn.

This is great news for around 150,000 work­ing fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren who were likely to be af­fected by this and rely on tax cred­its to pay for ba­sics like food and heat­ing.

How­ever, other cuts to the ben­e­fits that the gov­ern­ment an­nounced last sum­mer will still go ahead and means many fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren could still find them­selves worse off in the longer term when Univer­sal Credit even­tu­ally re­places tax cred­its.

More than half of fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren told us they are wor­ried about Univer­sal Credit and a fur­ther 40 per cent don’t know how the change to Univer­sal Credit would af­fect their fam­ily.

We want to re­duce any worry and con­fu­sion about ben­e­fit changes and make sure lo­cal fam­i­lies with dis­abled chil­dren get what they are en­ti­tled to.

Our team of ex­pert ben­e­fit ad­vi­sors are able to of­fer de­tailed, one to one fi­nan­cial ad­vice to par­ent car­ers as well as a com­pre­hen­sive ben­e­fits ‘check up’, to help fam­i­lies who might be miss­ing out on vi­tal in­come.

If you are a par­ent of a dis­abled child and are wor­ried about changes to ben­e­fits please call our free Helpline 0808 808 3555.

Last year, Con­tact a Fam­ily helped par­ents gain more than a mil­lion pounds in un­claimed ben­e­fits.

Don’t be caught out by ben­e­fit changes.

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