Marsha de Cordova responds to government figures on payments to former SDP recipients
Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, said:
“The government took a year to start making these vital social security payments and even now it is short-changing two-thirds of the severely disabled people who lost out when forced to transfer to Universal Credit.
“The people affected are severely disabled, but do not have a full-time carer to help them with essential daily tasks. The government must make sure that the payments fully reflect the loss they have suffered.”
“Johnson’s Tory government only cares about the richest in our country and their treatment of disabled people is a disgrace. Labour will end the rollout of Universal Credit.”
Notes to Editors
- Government figures published today (Monday 2nd September) on the number of former Severe Disability Premium (SDP) recipients it has made payments to so far to compensate them for the money they lost out on when forced to transfer to Universal Credit. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-severe-disability-premium-claims/universal-credit-and-severe-disability-premium-claims
- The government failed to give the total number of former SDP recipients affected who are eligible for payments in the figures published this morning. The latest government figure available is for November 2018 by which point 13,400 people in receipt of SDP had transferred to Universal Credit but people continued to transfer until 16 January when the government finally introduced regulations to prevent any further people receiving SDP until managed migration to Universal Credit begins. https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-02-01/215614/