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Autumn Budget 2018

Posted in General News on Thursday, November 1st, 2018

On 29th October the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, made this year’s Autumn Budget announcement and here are the key points for disabled motorists.  

As part of the recent Autumn Budget announcement the Chancellor confirmed that local authorities will receive a combined sum of £420 million to help improve the condition of Britain’s roads. This forms part of a larger £30 billion investment in the nations transport infrastructure. According to the Chancellor this is the largest cash investment ever put into the transport network. The larger share of this cash injection is being given to Highways England so that the agency can carry out the necessary upgrades to our nation’s major roads between 2020 and 2025. While this is all good news for motorists, motoring organisations such as the RAC Foundation are still concerned that these pledges are not sufficient to adequately improve the state of our roads. The organisation warned that a long-term strategy is required to ensure that road maintenance is carried out effectively.

 Britain’s motorists will also be pleased to hear that fuel duty will remain frozen for another year. This is the ninth consecutive year that this has happened.

When it came to the subject of welfare, the Chancellor started by pledging that councils will be provided with an additional £55 million in 2018/19 to help fund the Disabled Facilities Grant and provide in-home aids and adaptations for disabled children and adults on low incomes. 

Universal Credit was a focal point of the Autumn Budget. The Chancellor opened this topic by announcing that the Universal Credit Work Allowance will be increased by £1,000 and there will be “an extensive package of extra support for claimants as they make the transition to Universal Credit.” This means that claimants of Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance and Income Support will receive two weeks’ worth of financial support during their transition period. This change will be brought in from July 2020 and it will benefit an estimated 1.1 million claimants. The Chancellor then went on to announce that the government will be extending the 12 month grace period before the minimum income threshold applies to cover self-employed claimants of Universal Credit and give them time to grow their businesses. This will be introduced in July 2019 and it is expected to be fully implemented by September 2020. From October next year the maximum rate at which deductions can be made to a claimants Universal Credit award will be reduced from 40% to 30% of the standard rate. This will help to ensure that those in receipt of the benefit have the support required to allow them to repay any debts they may have in a more sustainable manner. In addition to these announcements, the Chancellor closed the topic by pledging to continue providing enhanced support for non-parental carers and those receiving the Severe Disability Premium to make sure that these individuals have a smooth transition onto Universal Credit.

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Denise Smith

Saturday, November, 3rd, 2018

I am extremely worried about the change from ESA to universal credit. I have enchanced disability payment. I am weighed down with debt but I'm just about managing. With this change I'm finished.