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Universal Credit group action

Following recent legal challenges to Universal Credit, we are bringing compensation claims for people who have migrated to Universal Credit, prior to 16th January 2019, and have lost their severe disability premium. A single person who was moved onto Universal Credit a year prior to 16 January 2019 has lost just over £4000 in the last year. This figure increases to just under £8,000 for a couple.
 
The removal of the severe disability premium has been confirmed by the courts to be unlawful and as a result we are bringing claims (on a no win no fee basis) against the Department of Work and Pensions. These claims may be brought on behalf of all of those who have suffered the loss of their premiums as a result of a migration to Universal Credit before 16 January 2019.

If you have previously been claiming legacy benefits, such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), with a severe disability premium and have lost these payments following a move to Universal Credit, we would like to hear from you.

The government has recently begun making transitional payments to some of those who have lost their Severe Disability Premium following migration to Universal Credit. It is not yet clear exactly who will actually receive these payments and we are keeping the situation under review. If you, or one of your service users, has received a backdated payment then they will be eligible to join our claim for further compensation. Our Human Rights team has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to seek clarification on how they arrived at the relevant figures. More information on this can be found here. Our group claim is therefore still necessary to ensure that claimants are awarded backdated benefits in full, as well as an additional amount in compensation to reflect any pain and distress caused by the removal of the severe disability premium following migration to Universal Credit.

If this applies to you or one of your services users, please get in touch by filling out one of our forms, or alternatively you can contact us by email or telephone 0161 804 0760. Please also see our frequently asked questions.

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