The rise is designed to bridge the gap between the old benefits and Universal Credit.
The payment drop affected those who switched to Universal Credit from Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Housing Benefit or Pension Credit, if they were also receiving a top-up allowance called Severe Disability Premium (SDP).
Ken Butler, Welfare Rights and policy adviser at Disability Rights UK, said: “Over 13,000 disabled people who previously received SDP have lost this on moving to Universal Credit.
“While the introduction of these compensation payments is really good news, its important to remember that the Government has had to be forced to provide them only because of a significant legal judgement.
Published at Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:40:00 +0000