‘Loop­hole’ to cost dis­abled car­ers dear

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY KEIR MUDIE

THOU­SANDS of dis­abled car­ers face los­ing around £63 a month if they switch to Un­ver­sal Credit.

They can cur­rently claim Em­ploy­ment Sup­port Al­lowance and a carer pre­mium but if they have a change of cir­cum­stance, such as mov­ing home, must trans­fer to UC.

Un­der its rules they won’t get both pay­ments.

Mar­garet Green­wood, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary, said: “Dis­abled peo­ple of­ten pro­vide vi­tal care for part­ners, friends, or fam­ily.

“This is an­other ex­am­ple of the way Univer­sal Credit is fail­ing dis­abled peo­ple and is act­ing as a ve­hi­cle for cuts.”

Around 55,000 ill or dis­abled peo­ple re­ceive Em­ploy­ment and Sup­port Al­lowance while car­ers.

SHOCKED MP Green­wood

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