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Coronavirus Benefit allowance increase

KualaKuala Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited June 30 in Disability news
The Government announced a £20 weekly increase to Universal Credit only, I feel this discriminates against others eg, Carer's on Income Support who face the same if not greater financial difficulties during these strange times. Yesterday Matt Hancock in the daily briefing told a parent of a Special Needs child that "Extra Support" had been provided for the disabled (children). I have asked my Local MP what exactly this entails.


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    Welcome to the community @Kuala. I hope your MP is able to provide more information. How are you doing? I appreciate that it is a strange and difficult times at the moment.
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    Thats an odd one, I'm only aware of the £20 a week uplift to UC for 12 months, payments of which should start coming through around May 12th, and some increases in HB.
  • KualaKuala Member Posts: 6 Listener
    edited April 30

    Thank you Chloe for your kind Welcome, we're trying our best to stay positive and I hope everyone here is doing the same. I have not received any details from my local Conservative MP however I did come across the following posted online MIRROR 27 April

    DWP accused of 'discriminating' against disabled people in coronavirus pandemic

    • 100 organisations want a £20-a-week Universal Credit rise to be extended to all claimants - including up to 2million sick and disabled people on ESA
    • the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), a network of more than 100 organisations, called the situation "discriminatory".
    • Co-chair Ella Abraham, of the welfare charity Z2K, said: "The Government are discriminating against millions of disabled people on other benefits by choosing to only ‘focus on new claimants’ on Universal Credit.
    • DWP Permanent Secretary Peter Schofield said last month that the rate of legacy benefits could not be changed quickly due to older computer systems.
    I will just have to wait to see what extra support Matt Hancock was referring to.

  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm on legacy benefits, I didn't expect to get extra and I'm not surprised we didn't get any, and tbh I don't feel discriminated against. In all fairness there are a lot of people claiming UC for the first time and I suspect the £20 is to make them feel like "ok its not so bad"
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member - under moderation Posts: 4,843 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 30
    There’s no logic to the £20 increase to UC on the face of it... except there us.

    1 - an incentive to leave legacy benefits and claim UC.
    2 - legacy benefit systems simply couldn’t implement such a change as quickly as UC can.
    3 - reduces the transitional protection element of UC.
    4 - meaningless if you’re benefit capped.

    The sting in the tail here will be the second wave of UC claims when furlough ends and people find they’ve no job to go back to. 

    There’s also likely to be a reaction when the £20 is removed a year down the line.His likely does that seem in reality!
  • KualaKuala Member Posts: 6 Listener
    A 'two tier benefit' system discriminates and in this case it does so against some of the most vulnerable. It is absolutely right for the Chancellor to help those on UC new and old but why blatantly ignore others?
    Ps still waiting for my MP to reply
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 1,253 Disability Gamechanger
    Its a fact that some people would be better off moving from LB to UC (even if you exclude the £20) but yes you would lose the transitional relief, 2020 was supposed to be (finally) the year when managed migration from LB to UC began in earnest, I don't expect this to be the case now.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member - under moderation Posts: 4,843 Disability Gamechanger
    Managed migration was supposed to happen in 2018; then piloted in 2020. Likely 2024 at the earliest now. 

    The idea there’s only a two tiered benefit system makes me laugh. There’s way more tiers than that right now!
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