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Esther McVey: disabled people will get “significantly more” on Universal Credit | UNITE Magazine

Esther McVey has told the BBC that one million disabled people will get “significantly more on Universal Credit,” despite previous evidence showing that disabled people face losing out on up to £4,000 every year under the new system.

Speaking to the BBC yesterday, McVey admitted that the Tories have made some “tough decisions” regarding Universal Credit and that “some people will be worse off,” but is adamant that “the most vulnerable in society weren’t getting as much as we’re now going to give them.”

McVey insisted that disabled people would be better off on Universal Credit, saying that they will receive “significantly more” compared to the old system. However, disabled people across the country have been frequently let down by the government’s delivery of the new system, with government statistics released in June of this year showing at least 4,000 people were worse off as a result of moving to the system.

The cutting of severe disability premium (SDP) and enhanced disability premium (EDP) has seen some disabled people losing significant amounts each year, with DRUK estimates showing that some disabled people who receive both could lose as much as £4074 each year on Universal Credit. Courts ruled in June that the rollout of the system was “not working” for disabled people, and called the act of taking essential benefits from disabled people “discriminatory.”

Questioned by the BBC reporter, McVey was asked if she had told cabinet members that some claimants would be up to £2,400 worse off, but refused to answer the question, saying if she had wanted them to hear what was being said in the cabinet, she would have invited them.

McVey said: “I’ve said we made tough decisions. Some people will be worse off. Under the old system, 750,000 didn’t get £285 a month, so they didn’t what they were owed. Under the old system, the most vulnerable in society weren’t getting as much as we’re now going to give them.

The secretary of state for work and pensions said that this loss in benefits would be made up by claimants taking on additional work, saying that they will receive fewer benefits “because of the sheer nature of them being in work.”

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