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Universal Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Anne Begg Anne Begg Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions further to his Department's impact assessment on universal credit, how many people will be affected by the removal of the rule that allows an individual to claim simultaneously both a disability and a carer premium.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department is removing the current overlapping provision that allows people to receive both a disability addition and a carer element. However, as now, couples could get a disability addition for one member and the carer element for the other partner.

Once universal credit is fully implemented we estimate that around 100,000 people will be affected by the removal of the rule that allows an individual to receive both additions.

There will be a package of transitional protection for existing claimants to ensure no cash losers as a result of the move to universal credit, where circumstances remain unchanged.

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