Universal Credit : How is it affecting learning disabled people?

 

One of our priorities as Learning Disability England is Influencing funding decisions and understanding how it affects peoples lives.

 

Lots of people and the press have been talking about Universal Credit.

We want to make sure that people with learning disabilities are included in talking about how Universal Credit is affecting everyone.

 

We know learning disabled people are affected more than other groups using Universal Credit.

 

We asked our members to tell us about their experiences and wrote a report about it. You can read it in full here.

 

Members talked about how universal credit meant they had less money and had to use food banks.

They spoke about how wasn’t accessible and difficult it was.

 

Changing to Universal Credit made people stressed.

 

 

The report talks about what Learning Disability England is doing next.

 

Our next think tank will be looking at benefits including Universal Credit. The work the think tank does will contribute to the Commission on Social Security by Experts by Experience

 

We are talking with Citizens Advice about how to make sure their services are inclusive.

 

We have asked the Department of Work and Pensions for an update about making easy read information about Universal Credit.

 

You can find our report here, as well as information about the other work we are doing around funding.

 

Share your experiences

We love to hear from you about your experiences of universal credit or other issues around funding.

You can also get in touch if you would like to be involved in the think tank.

To share your experiences with us contact Rachael on, rachael.hall@LDEngland.org.uk