Key policy and campaign issues. February 2013. Key issues: Independent Living Fund Welfare Reform - Bedroom tax - DLA/PIP - Universal credit Public Sector Equality Duties update. Independent Living Fund (ILF).
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- Bedroom tax
- Universal credit
Under new housing benefit rules the size criteria allows one bedroom only for each person or couple living as part of the household.
An average of £14 a week. Housing association tenants are expected to lose £16 a week on average, according to Government estimates.
When does it come in? April 2013 to tenants of working age.
Disabled people could lose:
October 2013 – if you have a change in how a health condition or ‘disability’ affects you, or reach the end of an existing award of DLA , or are approaching the age of 16, you will be invited to claim PIP.
From 2015 – DWP will start to contact everyone else receiving DLA
Universal credit will replace:
up to 116,000 disabled people who work could be at risk of losing around £40 per week.4
Concerns about opportunity to give evidence was raised:
Result: DDPO’s meeting with Chair of panel, and Gov’ lead on the review, on 13 March.