Benefits warning: DWP urged to raise disability payments with inflation – ‘Need support!'

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Experts in disability policy are calling for a payment hike in line with inflation as those affected “need to see more support”. Currently, the state pension is expected to rise in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation. However, the fate of other benefit payment rates has yet to be determined by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Currently, inflation is at 9.9 percent and is expected to continue remaining at a high for the foreseeable future.

September’s CPI rate will be used to determine how much the state pension will be raised and could also be used as a potential indicator of the rate of disability payments.

At the same time as soaring inflation, households are dealing with an unprecedented energy crisis.

Energy bills for the average household are expected to rise by 27 percent following the introduction of the Government’s energy price guarantee.

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The Government has rolled out a £150 cost of living payment for those who claim disability benefits from the DWP.

To be eligible for this support, claimants must be in receipt of one of the following disability payments:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance for adults
  • Disability Living Allowance for children
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Adult Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Child Disability Payment (in Scotland)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Pension Mobility Supplement

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On top of this, claimants must have received their DWP payment of one of these qualifying benefits for May 25, 2022 to get the £150.

Despite this show of support, experts are warning this is not enough as benefit payments have already experienced a “real terms cut” in recent years.

Louise Rubin, the head of Policy and Campaigns at disability charity Scope, shared her concerns for the amount of support being offered disabeld people

Ms Rubin explained: “Government promised to increase benefits in line with inflation. But it has been threatening to go back on that promise, ​causing huge stress and anxiety over the last few weeks.

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“Benefits have been subject to real term cuts, and failed to retain their value over decades.

“Life costs more when you’re disabled and during this cost of living crisis disabled people are already among the worst impacted. ​To refuse to increase benefits now makes no sense at all.

“Worryingly, there is a resurgence of an old, tired, narrative, demonising people who claim benefits as scroungers who should be doing more to get into work. ​

“We know the majority of people who claim benefits are in work already. We need to see more support for disabled people now.”

It should be noted that a payment rise for certain benefit payments, including PIP, has already been included in primary legislation.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a DWP spokesperson said: “The Secretary of State commences her statutory annual review of benefits and state pensions from late October using the most recent prices and earnings indices available.

“We are committed to looking after the most vulnerable which is why we’ve delivered at least £1,200 of support to families this winter while also saving households an average of £1,000 a year through our energy price guarantee.

“This support is on top of the annual working-age benefits bill which is over £87billion.”



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