Local MP calls on the government to ensure severely disabled people don’t lose out
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02 Jul 2019
MP Margaret Greenwood has used Parliamentary oral questions to raise the issue
of the High Court ruling on the level of payments for disabled people who were
receiving Severe Disability Premium (SDP) and lost out when they transferred to
Universal Credit. It is understood that at least 13,000 disabled people are
missing out on around £180 a month as a result of government policy decisions.
Disability Premium is paid to people who are severely ill or disabled and do
not have a paid carer. Neither Severe Disability Premium nor Enhanced
Disability Premium exist in Universal Credit.
the government committing to make payments after a legal challenge to severely
disabled people who transferred before mid-January of this year, they have yet
to do so.
another legal case on the same issue, the High Court found on 3rd May
that the level of payments the Government was intending to make was unlawful as
it would have meant that the compensation payments were lower than people in
the same situation would receive if they transfer later as part of the mass
transfer of people on older benefits that the Government is planning.
Government is appealing against both that and the earlier judgement.
Greenwood MP said:
is really shocking that severely disabled people are being treated in this way.
Disability Premium is paid to people who are severely disabled and who live
alone without a carer. It is really important that people get the support that
they need to live independent lives.
have been waiting months for payments and in some cases over a year. In May the
level of payments that the Government was proposing to make was found to be
unlawful. Yet, instead of listening to the court, the government has decided to
appeal the decision.
answers to questions I put to Ministers, the Government recently revealed that
it has already spent over £140,000 in legal costs defending these cases.
know that this will be extremely disappointing for everyone affected. The
government needs to face up to the fact that this is having a real impact on
people’s lives. The government should make sure that disabled people
receive the support they need instead of wasting public money on appealing the