• Tory government pays back thousands of severely disabled people whose benefits have been cut

    The Tory government will pay back thousands of severely disabled people who had their benefits cut after moving to Universal Credit.

    Charities hailed victory today as ministers agreed new protections for some of the country’s most vulnerable benefit claimants.

    It comes after thousands of people lost their disability ‘premiums’ by moving to UC – the Tories’ flagship all-in-one benefit.

    Premiums recognise the extra costs people face if they don’t have a carer. But they do not exist under UC, which uses a separate system.

    Campaigners say that left some families £147 a month out of pocket.

    Now Tory minister Esther McVey has halted any more Severe Disability Premium claimants moving to UC until transition cash is in place next year.

    This will protect 500,000 people who currently receive SDP.

    And the Work and Pensions Secretary will make up the difference – including with back payments – for those who have already lost out.

    Government figures suggest 4,000 people are set to benefit from back payments – the number who lost SDP by moving to UC.

    Another 11,000 people lost the Enhanced Disability Premium, but were not covered by the new announcement.

    Mencap spokeswoman Beatrice Barleon welcomed the move after warning disabled people were “falling into poverty”.

    Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said: “These are really welcome changes which will correct the current clear injustice.”

    But charities also condemned the government for only compensating the SDP group – saying help should go further and be permanent.

    Scope spokesman James Taylor said: “These premiums are not a luxury – many disabled people rely on financial support for basic needs such as food, clothing and heating.

    “The loss of these crucial payments is disastrous for many disabled people.”

    Mind spokeswoman VIcki Nash added: “If the Government is really committed to supporting people with mental health problems to have control over their own lives, they must reintroduce these premiums for anyone making a claim to Universal Credit.”

    Ms McVey also announced extra cash today to stop poor parents losing out when they take temporary work.

    And those who have already lost out in this way will receive back payments.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was unable to say how much each claimant will benefit or what the move will cost the taxpayer.

    Ms McVey said the new rules would “ensure that Universal Credit supports people into work, protects vulnerable claimants and is targeted at those who need it.”

    She added: “This Government is committed to delivering a welfare system that supports claimants and is fair to taxpayers.”

    Read the full article online: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-government-pays-back-thousands-12663334

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    • Doug.

      Good, about time; should never have occurred in the first place !

    • Monica Blue

      Like hell they will what about claimants like the ones they said they’ve underpaid? For years? I found out through my own research I’m one of those AND was told by ESA I should of had it first time claim was awarded 2 years ago, MANY people like me have been given reassments to have pip refused, only so they’re saving money by ACTUALLY NOT paying what’s owed 🤔 because I was told by ESA now my pip under a mandatory recon I don’t qualify for what I’m actually owed like hundreds and thousands of people in the same boat as me seems like the DWP are chatting out their own arses. I have about 14 diagnosed conditions and I’m still fighting for pip yet in support group for esa it just doesn’t make sense the hoops ester mcvey makes disabled people ‘jump’ through it’s disgusting they have so much blood on their hands with their draconian ways