7 Jun 2018

Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at The Children’s Society, said: “Tens of thousands of incredible young people support lone parents every year with everything from washing and cleaning to personal hygiene and preparing meals.

“The Severe Disability Premium provides vital support to enable these parents to pay for care services, home help and transport, and reduce the pressure on their children.

“Parents told us that if they lost this benefit they would no longer be able to afford to pay for some of these things, meaning there would be a risk that many of these responsibilities fell to their children as young carers.

“These selfless children already have to grow up fast due to their caring role, sometimes to the detriment of their school work and socialising, and it would have been deeply unfair for them to have an extra burden placed on their young shoulders as a result of this decision.  They need more support, not less.

“We also heard from parents that this reduced income would affect their ability to provide for their children and pay for essentials like food and heating.

“We welcome this announcement, but urge the Government to commit to maintaining the Severe Disability Premium for all current and future claimants so that all severely disabled lone parents and their children continue to get this crucial helping hand.”

The Government’s announcement improves transitional protections for current Severe Disability Premium claimants to help prevent them losing out under Universal Credit.  See https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2018-06-07/HCWS745/

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