‘Loophole’ to cost disabled carers dear
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