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Legal Action Taken Over Universal Credit

Posted in General News on Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Until recently the calculations for the benefit amounts that each claimant of Universal Credit will receive have not factored in the money that some people would have previously received by means of Severe Disability Premium (SDP) payments and Enhanced Disability Premium (EDP) payments. However, following a recent High Court ruling, the Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd has agreed that more than 13,000 people are now eligible to receive backdated benefit payments under Universal Credit because of this oversight.

The case was brought to court by two men who found that they had to apply for Universal Credit because they had moved to a new social housing area where Universal Credit was in place. Both of these men had been receiving SDP and EDP payments under the old benefits system, and as a result of these two payments not being honoured under Universal Credit they discovered that they were receiving £170 per month less than they were previously. While they were in court the two men mentioned that if they hadn’t moved to a new area they would have either received transitional payments to help cover their financial loses under Universal Credit or they simply would have continued to receive SDP and EDP payments. This was the reason why they decided to put forth a case of ‘unlawful discrimination’. If you would like to find out more about the court case visit www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2018/1474.html.

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Sandra page

Thursday, August, 1st, 2019

I use too get SDP until they stopped it but I was still getting DLA at the high rate for personal care and high rate mobility then they drop my money from £332 to £234 month I really s struggle I do have a partner who gets pension credit I feel I’m worse off,like so many people since they introduce PIP

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Jim Watson

Thursday, August, 15th, 2019

Having read this email i would like some advice regarding my claim when dwp changed the money i was recieving they chopped £100.00 of mine and then when i was assessed again for pip i recieved that plus esa however having read this i have always thought i was owed a back payment of at least £10.00.00 (ten thousand) i have spoken to dwp but just get passed around the different departments could you maybe advice me on the right thing to do ?/