DBC’s response to the Chancellor’s cost of living support package

As the cost of living rises the UK Government announced the support households across the UK would receive. For disabled people, this means that:

Disabled people who claim means-tested benefits – including Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Pensions Credit – will get a one-off payment of £650
in addition, those who claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) will receive a further one-off payment of £150, with a separate one-off payment of £300 to pensioner households every household will receive £400 towards their energy costs from October and won’t need to pay it back.

Overall, disabled people who claim both means-tested benefits – like Universal Credit or ESA – and disability benefits – PIP or DLA – will have their incomes boosted by £1,200.

“The DBC is pleased that the Chancellor has listened to the concerns of disabled people claiming legacy benefits and recognised the disproportionate impact of the cost of living crisis on disabled people. It’s been a long time coming, but is welcome nonetheless.

“But the Chancellor also needs to recognise the need for an interim uprating – the cost of living crisis is more than about the cost of fuel. And in the longer term, Government needs to commission research on the adequacy of benefit rates, both in and out of work.”

Further details from:

Geoff Fimister

Tel. 07743 813740

E-mail gfimister@blueyonder.co.uk

Policy Co-Chair,

Disability Benefits Consortium