Universal Credit is coming – 2013

Universal Credit will begin in the UK in October 2013.

It will replace Jobseeker’s allowance, tax credits, income support, housing benefit, and employment and support allowance with a single payment.

A pilot scheme will firstly take place in parts of the north-east of England next April.

Disability Rights UK, The Children’s Society and Citizens Advice are some of the groups leading a report that believes disabled people will be worse off through it’s implementation.

Let’s face it, what else should we believe with the government trying to “balance the books” of our economy over the next few years.

 The report shows plans to:

1. Make a benefits cap of £26,000 per household.

2. Possibly reduce the income of households with children by £28 a week.

3. Allow 230,000 severely disabled people who do not have another adult to assist them     lose between £28 and £58 in benefits every week.

The great paralympics are gone – the demolition of a secure feeling for disabled people, people in work and out of work is continuous. Strength to those fighting the onslaught.

Independent Living Fund to close

The latest in the assault on disabled people by this goverment is plans to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF). This provision from the Disability and Carers Directorate of the DWP provides discretionary cash payments directly to disabled people so they can purchase care from an agency or pay the wages of a privately employed Personal Assistant (PA) .  It also enabled severely disabled people to live in the community and not in a care home. Disabled people with abilities and potential through this funding gained pyschological benefit as well as actively contributing to the economic and cultural values of our society. This plus the funding loss when DLA changes to PIP is not surprising as our “welfare state” is being dismantled. The country has no money (apart from the Treasury) and it all stems from a lack of investment in manufacturing and the inability to change our industrial, political and social structure. We stood still for far too many years with internal wrangling allowing industry and thus income drift eastward.