The Government have announced plans for a substantial cut to welfare support for disabled children under the Universal Credit. The new system will result in many of these children losing up to £1400 per year (£27 per week) compared to the current system - by the time a disabled child reaches 16, this could cost the family £22,000.
In total the Government estimates that 100,000 disabled children would lose out under this change - other estimates suggest the number could be considerably higher.
Financial support is crucial to help these families with the costs of raising a disabled child and manage their extra caring responsibilities. £27 is more than half the average family’s food budget - enough to mean the difference between a family meeting their child’s basic needs, and being left simply unable to cope.
We have joined forces with 24 other major charities and other organisations to call on the Government to change these damaging plans.
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