In March 2020, the Government increased the standard rate of Universal Credit and working tax credits by £1,000 a year (£20 a week). However, the same increase wasn’t applied to those on legacy benefits, including Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, and Job Seekers Allowance. This resulted in over 1.9 million disabled people being denied the emergency uplift to support them through the pandemic. 

As part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) we have been calling on the Government to extend this £20 lifeline and, while it has still not happened, the High Court is to decide whether it was lawful of the Government not to give people on legacy benefits the same £20 per week increase as those on Universal Credit in September.

This is a positive step in recognising the unfair treatment of disabled people on legacy benefits, but the fight to end this discrimination hasn’t ended yet.

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