TWO disabled men who claimed they were losing hundreds of pounds per month since they’ve moved onto Universal Credit were “unlawfully discriminated against”, a court ruled today.
The High Court was told the “significant” drop in monthly income was having “seriously detrimental impacts on their health and well-being”.
Alamy Universal Credit is being rolled out and replace benefits like job seekers allowance and child tax credits with one single payment
But the two men – one of whom is terminally ill and struggling to pay to get to his chemotherapy – lost their case this morning which argued that Universal Credit was unlawful overall.
The judge said today that the rules around Universal credit “do not involve discrimination”.
But he did say that the “implementing arrangements do at present give rise to an unlawful discrimination” and that the two men were entitled to a declaration to that effect.
Both of them live alone without carers, and say they can’t live a basic life anymore under the new benefits system.
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Their lawyer Zoe Leventhal, told Mr Justice Lewis they “are no longer able to meet many of their basic needs”.
The two men whose cases are at the centre of the judicial review action against the Work and Pensions Secretary are referred to as TP and AR.
They had lost around £178 per month after having to move to the Universal Credit system – which replaced a range of means-tested welfare benefits with one single benefit.
The rollout has been beset with problems, with many claiming to have lost cash overall.