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People on Universal Credit have received an extra £20 a week to help with the extra costs of lock down. Disabled people receiving ESA have been missing out on the emergency £20 week out of work benefit top up to help them through the Coronavirus crisis as the Government says it will take too long to make changes.
The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), a network of over 100 organisations has been told the reason people on all legacy benefits have not received the same £20 uplift as those claiming Universal Credit is because it is “too complicated” for the Government computer system.
This is despite a April 2020 DBC survey finding that 95% of disabled people had seen an increase in their costs as a result of the pandemic – from needing more money to safely access food to having to pay for higher heating and water bills while shielding at home.
The DBC has written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, urging him to end the discrimination against disabled people, and for pay to be backdated to when the top up to Universal Credit was introduced.