Disabled children face cuts of £1,750 a year - Contact deliver petition to No.10

Jun 21 2018

Disabled children face cuts of £1,750 a year - Contact deliver petition to No.10

Yesterday Contact delivered a petition to Downing Street calling on the government to stop the cuts to disability payments for children under Universal Credit which will affect 100,000 families.

Universal Credit, which is being rolled out across the UK, today finally reaches the door of 10 Downing Street and surrounding Westminster residents.

At the beginning of June the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced a package of changes to Universal Credit to protect disabled adults who are facing cuts in payments when moving onto Universal Credit.

Disabled children face cuts of £1,750 a year
Contact is disappointed that disabled children and their families are not protected in the same way. Currently some families with a disabled child moving onto Universal Credit face a cut of around £1,750 a year in the amount they receive for their disabled child.

Una Summerson, Head of Campaigns at Contact, said: “It doesn’t make sense that disabled adults get protections against Universal Credit cuts, but not disabled children who face the same extra costs.
“More than 5,000 families with disabled children have come together to sign this petition. We are calling on the government to urgently take action to protect families with disabled children who are facing cuts to disability payments under Universal Credit”.

“This would be a nightmare”
Marie Collins from Battersea, mum to two boys aged six and seven who have ADHD and Autism, who are helping deliver the petition to the Prime Minister said: “I am in a Universal Credit area and been told that if I move onto the new benefit I will lose £67 each week or £3500 a year, because of cuts to disability payments for the boys. Things are a struggle anyhow, so this would be a nightmare.
“It seems unfair that families who already have lots to deal with raising our children who have additional needs are being made to struggle even more.”

Kathleen Max-Lino from Peckham, mum to two disabled children with sickle cell disease and speech and language difficulties, said: “When I am moved onto Universal Credit I will get £33 a week less for my disabled daughter. It would be very difficult for us as a family to deal with such a big cut in our monthly income despite all the extra costs associated with my daughter’s disabilities remaining the same. That’s why I’m speaking out and helping to deliver the petition today.”