Universal credit ‘could drive hundreds of thousands over the edge’

By John Pring (Disability News Service)

Friday, 19 October 2012 14:08

Campaigners are involved in a stand-off with the government over a major new report that warns hundreds of thousands of disabled people could find themselves driven “over the edge” by welfare reforms.

Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson led the inquiry by Disability Rights UK, Citizens Advice and The Children’s Society into the impact of “universal credit” on disabled people, which included surveys of almost 3,500 disabled people and their families.

The report, Holes In The Safety Net, concludes that about 450,000 disabled people could eventually lose out under the planned changes, which will see key means-tested benefits and tax credits combined into a new, simpler universal credit, which will start to be introduced next year.

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Comments
  • jed goodright October 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Quite apart from the fact that Tanni Grey is a traitor – the outcome for universal credit for most disabled people will be a catastrophe. But who cares? Cameron – no! Miliband – no! Disability Rights UK – no! TUC – no! Even badgers are better treated in the UK than disabled people and they’re being culled too!

  • Humanity2012 October 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Theft from the Poor is a Crime against Humanity just like the War in Afghanistan
    and the Invasion of Iraq

    Scrap Warfare in Afghanistan Not Welfare

    Constitutional Protection for Welfare Benefit Scrap MPS Expenses

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