“Universal credit is already failing too many people, pushing them into debt and leaving them without the means to make ends meet.
“The government needs to pause plans to accelerate the rollout of full service universal credit this autumn and devote the time and resource needed to tackle the key problems which mean the system is not working.”
There’s no limit to the number of hours you can work a week if you get Universal Credit.and your payment will reduce gradually as you earn more. You won’t lose all your benefits at once if you’re on a low income.
The self employed are assumed to be earning the minimum floor income (35 hours a week at minimum wage, unless they have care commitments) and must also submit monthly accounts.
Self employed Gill Birchall from St Austell says the Minimum Floor income will “kill self employment”.
This is because the lower rate of the child disability addition is set at £29.10 per week. Given that the equivalent additional payment under the existing benefits system is £60.90 per week, this represents a cut of £31.80 per week or just over £1,600 per year. Since the child disability addition is paid for each disabled child, those families with two children on the lower addition could lose twice this amount.Gill went on to say “I am genuinely concerned at the lack of awareness and the devastating implications for those families who children receive middle or lower rate care component of DLA and stand to lose significant and life altering sums whilst providing care for vulnerable individuals. Being in the ‘enviable’ position of having a son who receives the higher rate holds no comfort when I can see his peers and their hardworking carers will be so adversely affected by this governments cruel attempts to save money at the expense of these disabled children.”
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