Thousands of Brits whose payments dropped when they moved to Universal Credit could be entitled to more money.
DWP claimants who switched from “legacy benefits” are set to receive up to £405 per month extra from October.
The reduction in payment affected those who switched to UC from Income support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit is they were topped up through the Severe Disability Premium.
Claimants who moved to Universal Credit from these benefits were shocked at how much lower their new payments were.
Campaigners have been fighting to get the money back and the Department of Work and pensions has finally agreed to give “transitional payments” to make up the difference.
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Claimants will receive extra monthly payments of either £120, £285 or £405.
The amount received depends on if the person is single or in a couple and if they were looking for work.
Justin Tomlinson, Minister of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work) at the DWP has issued a statement confirming the sums will be added to payments from October 8, reports Birmingham Live.
He said that the DWP had already paid over £50m to about 15k people who lost out when switching to Universal Credit.
Justin added that the extra cash will be built into the Universal Credit system rather than being paid separately.
He explained: "On July 22, 2019, we laid legislation to provide additional financial support for former Severe Disability Premium (SDP) recipients who had moved to Universal Credit (UC) on account of a change of circumstances.
"As of January 17, 2020, we had already paid over 15,000 people, totalling more than £51.5 million.
“The UC (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 provide for the conversion of these transitional payments into transitional elements.
"This means that payments will be made through the UC system rather than manually, and all transitional protection will be subject to the same rules.
"I will be signing a Determination setting the conversion day to 8 October 2020.
“This is when the UC system will have capacity to convert SDP transitional payments to transitional element."
While the DWP stopped anyone on Severe Disability Premium from moving over to UC after January 2019, many has already been moved.
Some of these claimants are still going through court to get the extra cash.
Leigh Day solicitors believe that up to 13,000 disabled people were affected by the change in the UK.
They lost an average of £180 a month after the move.
Some compensation for the loss has been paid by the DWP, but not all of it.