100,000 families with disabled children will be £1,750 worse off
AS many as 100,000 families with disabled children could be more than £1,750 a year worse off under universal credit, a charity warns.
An analysis by charity Contact revealed the reforms will result in £175million less being spent on disabled kids than under the current system.
With UC, a payment known as the “lower disabled child element” has been halved. This applies to all disabled kids except those on the highest rate of the DLA care component and those registered blind. In most cases, only those needing 24-hour care qualify for the top rate.
In June, ministers rolled out protections for disabled adults facing cuts on UC – but families with disabled kids were not included.
Contact’s Una Summerson said: “Why would any government introduce a system that makes caring for a disabled child more difficult?”
Marie Collins, of Battersea, South London, has boys of six and seven with ADHD and autism.
She said: “[I have] been told I will lose £67 a week or £3,500 a year. It seems unfair.”
Kathleen Max-Lino, of Peckham, South East London, who has two children with sickle cell disease and speech and language difficulties, said: “I will get £33 a week less for my disabled daughter. It would be difficult to deal with.”
PM Theresa May says nobody moving to UC will lose out. But Contact says many families’ payments will be “eroded” as changes in circumstances make them ineligible for £3billion of “transitional” protection.