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UK claimant wins right to legal challenge against DWP over disability benefits (UC)

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Indigophoton, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Indigophoton

    Indigophoton Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Background for those unfamiliar with the system: Universal Credit replaces half a dozen other benefits including means-tested ESA ('sickness benefit', intended to replace a wage for those too ill to work).

    Disabled people who are considered sufficiently incapacitated, and who meet a couple of other conditions, currently get extra money (the Severe Disability Premium, and/or Enhanced Disability Premium). It's meant to help with the extra costs associated with being disabled.

    Under UC that extra help is removed for all new claimants.

    The government promised that no one currently getting SDP or EDP would lose out when transitioned to UC, but apparently a mere change of address is enough to count as a reason to withdraw the payments from the claimant.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/04/universal-credit-faces-judicial-review

    Just when I think it can't get any more heartless, the government takes my breath away again. Let's hope this chap wins.
     

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