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Universal Credit: Disability

Treasury written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes that current levels of financial support to low income and out of work families with disabled children through the disability addition will be retained when Universal Credit is introduced.

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

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Under Universal Credit the cash additions for families with disabled children and the cash additions for adults will be aligned, with the lower rate at £26.75 and the upper rate at around £77 per week. The Government will also extend eligibility for the higher rate to children who are registered blind who currently only qualify for the disabled child element in Child Tax Credit (those registered or certified as blind).

Increases in the higher addition will be phased in from 2013 as savings from simplification are realised. During this phasing-in period we will ensure that severely disabled children do not receive less than they would be under the Child Tax Credit equivalent amount. As this is more than the current equivalent higher addition for adults, the higher adult and child rates may not be in alignment until this phasing-in period is complete.

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