Severely disabled benefits claimants win legal challenge over loss of income caused by move on to Universal Credit

Two severely disabled men known as TP and AR have won yet another legal challenge over the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) failure to provide adequate transitional payments to protect them and others from a cliff-edge loss of income following their move on to Universal Credit (UC).

In a scathing judgment handed down today, the DWP is found to have discriminated against the pair when it didn’t compensate them the full circa £180 a month difference in the payments they received on legacy benefits and the payments they received on UC when they moved into an area where UC had already been rolled out.

According to the DWP, in evidence it gave to the court when defending the judicial review claim, the ruling will affect up to 50,000 people and will involve sums of up to £150 million over a six-year period to put right

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