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Disabled people get backdated benefits

More than 13,000 disabled people are to receive backdated benefit payments after the government accepted a court ruling over universal credit.

Those being paid are people who moved from a benefit called severe disability premium to universal credit, which rolls six payments into one. The DWP agreed to the back payments after a High Court ruling found two disabled men had been discriminated against. The men had lost their severe disability premium top-up payment when they were moved onto universal credit. The High Court found they had been discriminated against.

Addressing the House of Commons, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said claimants who had been entitled to the severe disability premium would be given "ongoing transitional payments" as they moved across to universal credit. She said people who had already moved to the new system would be eligible for backdated payments of the disability benefit.

Ms Rudd said claimants would receive up to £405 per month alongside the universal credit benefit, instead of the previous maximum figure of £360. She said by 2024-25 about 45,000 of the "most vulnerable" claimants would benefit from the support package worth £600m.

Read – BBC News – Universal Credit: Disabled people to get backdated benefit payments