Call for overhaul of Universal Credit as disabled people are left without benefit for weeks

24 Aug

Benefit tales

A SCOTTISH charity and East Lothian MP George Kerevan are calling for an overhaul of how Universal Credit works for disabled people.

Hundreds of vulnerable people are forced to go online to claim the new benefit, being trialled in East Lothian, but charity Fair (Family Advice and Information Resource) and Kerevan insist more needs to be done to support those with disabilities.

The MP and Robert Davie, senior advice worker at Fair, which helps people with learning disabilities and their carers in the Lothian area, said the number of vulnerable people looking for help had soared since the introduction of Universal Credit in March.

One case they are investigating involves a 40-year-old man with learning disabilities who has been struggling to survive since he was refused Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

After an appeal, the decision to refuse ESA was overturned but he had to apply for his benefits under…

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