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TOPIC: Thousands have missed out on six months of disability benefit payments

Thousands have missed out on six months of disability benefit payments 10 Jan 2019 14:54 #12760

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Thousands have lost out on disability payments for six months as a result of being moved to Universal Credit.

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is facing increasing pressure to deliver for 7000 claimants who have lost out on disability payments for six months as a result of being moved to Universal Credit.

SNP MP Carol Monaghan, who had raised the issue in a letter to the Secretary of State before Christmas, has written to Amber Rudd for the second time calling on her to immediately initiate back-payments for claimants who have been moved from the legacy system to Universal Credit and lost out on vital disability payments in the process.

The Managed Migration regulations that have been delayed contained provision for back-payments to the estimated 7000 claimants who lost out on their Severe Disability Premium (SDP) – worth £64.30 for those in the legacy system – because of their natural migration onto Universal Credit.

Regulations also contained provisions to ensure claimants with SDPs would not be moved onto Universal Credit without transitional protection.

Without this, claimants are still continuing to lose out despite the former Secretary of State Esther McVey committing in June 2018 to paying those who had lost out.

welfareweekly.com/thousands-have-missed-out-on-six-months-of-disability-benefit-payments/
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