Disabled people paying vastly more for care in past two years

Disabled people are being told by councils to pay vastly more for care, according to research from the BBC.

Some adults with learning disabilities are being forced to pay thousands of pounds more, with six councils doubling the amount of money they were previously requesting.

Disability Rights UK’s Fazilet Hadi said: “It feels criminal that Disabled people with the least resources have to somehow magic up vast sums of money to pay for these punitive increases. It is inconceivable that the Government can speak of levelling up, and release a strategy on disability, and still ignore the basic fact that people are living in penury trying to meet the costs of their most basic needs which should, in a civilised society, be met by the State.

“94% of people with learning disabilities are not in work. Those receiving care from their local authorities have met very high thresholds to qualify, showing high levels of need, and low levels of income. That in itself is a sign that they cannot afford to pay more.

“Nobody should be in the position where they have to choose between eating and heating, and care. And that is where we are currently at.” Read more here.

Universal Credit cuts will come as ‘a shock’

Government has failed to properly prepare two million low-income families for October’s £20-a-week cut in Universal Credit, according to leading poverty charities and the Labour party.

Save the Children, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Turn2Us, Trussell Trust, Citizens Advice and the Labour Party have all raised concerns about the £90 per month reduction, with surveys showing that between a fifth and a third of claimants had no awareness that the cut is coming. Letters have not been sent to claimants, with the Government relying on texts and messages in claimants’ online journals to get through instead.

Citizens Advice has also highlighted high levels of anxiety among clients over how they will cope with the loss of income, with half a million people expected to be pushed below the poverty line. Six million people claim the benefit.

DR UK’s Fazilet Hadi said: “These cuts will hit Disabled people hard. Around 800,000 Disabled people are on Universal Credit. We have campaigned with hundreds of other charities to try to persuade the Government to keep the uplift to these benefits, and to extend the uplift to almost two million Disabled people on legacy benefits.

“This money is the difference between people eating and going hungry. The loss of it is a mighty thunderclap in a perfect storm of fast rising property and rental prices, increased fuel prices, and increased food prices. And yet still the Government won’t listen, instead showing callous disregard for those who live near or beneath the poverty line.” Read more here.