Holes in the safety net: The impact of Universal Credit on disabled people and their families

Towards the latter end of 2012, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson launched an inquiry looking into the introduction of Universal Credit as part of the Government’s wider welfare reforms. The graph below shows the devastating impact that their reforms will have on families with disabled children.

Universal Credit impact on families with disabled children

The graph above relates to the Universal Credit proposals, which will cut the level of support in half of the disability element of child tax credit. At present, families with a disabled child in receipt of some level of Disability Living Allowance may be entitled to this support. The report highlights that under the Government’s own estimates, this change will affect around 100,000 disabled children.

You can read the full inquiry document here – LINK

At the same time, this Tory Liberal Government is cutting taxes for the wealthy. We are clearly not all in this together.

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Not so funny picture irony

(Picture Source: ConservativeHome)
(Picture Source: ConservativeHome)

Front page of today’s Daily Telegraph. Pictured in the corner is Vincent Kompany, captain of Manchester City Football Club, celebrating after his club won the Premier League championship last night. At the same time, the Tory supporting Telegraph report on the Tory Liberal Government’s attack on the most vulnerable in society with 500,000 set to lose out on disability benefits.

Fraud for the Disability Living Allowance is estimated to be in the region of 0.5%. However, the Government will cut funding for the Personal Independence Payment (which is the new disability benefit replacing the Disabiliy Living Allowance) by 20%. This simply means that disabled people will have less support.

FullFact.org  highlights the lack of media understanding on disability benefits for the most vulnerable in our society.