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Disability Rights Handbook 42nd Edition (2017 – 2018)

Disability Rights Handbook 42nd Edition (2017 – 2018)

A guide to benefits and services for all disabled people, their families, carers and advisers
Author: Disability Rights UK
ISBN: 978-1-903335-77-2
Pub. Date: 13 May 2017
Price: £33.50
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: DISABILITY ALLIANCE
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In this period of welfare reform and benefit cuts, keeping up with the new rules is critical. Fully updated for 2017-18, this book provides in-depth, comprehensive guidance on the benefits system.

How the system works, how to claim and how to challenge decisions

Benefits for people with an illness, injury or disability and for carers, children, young people and those looking for work or in retirement

Getting and paying for care services

What’s new in this edition?

For many people, 2017 will not be a promising year. An already battered social security system is facing a further barrage of cuts in April. These were announced by the government during 2015, and though the political landscape changed much in 2016, the government has insisted on forcing them through. Focused on benefits for those of working age, the cuts will have a stark effect on the incomes of disabled people.

In particular, the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) work-related activity component and its counterpart in the new Universal Credit are going.

Support for children in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit is to be drastically reduced. The family element in Child Tax Credit is to go and the child element will be limited to just two children. The equivalent support in Universal Credit will go the same way.

Young people between the age of 18 and 21 will no longer get help with their rent from Universal Credit. The conditions they must meet to get Universal Credit have also been tightened.

In each case, exceptions apply, which are fully explained in the Handbook.

The help that you can get from means-tested benefits towards mortgage interest will now only be paid as a loan, which you must pay back on the sale of your home, or when you move into work.

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