Gingerbread and The Children’s Society’s analysis finds that more than a quarter of a million (265,000) young or disabled single parents will have support dramatically cut under universal credit.
Under the ‘legacy system’, single parents under the age of 25 are exempted from a lower rate of support in recognition of their caring responsibilities. Under universal credit, they will be treated the same as other under-25s and only qualify for the lower ‘standard allowance’ rate. Similarly, severely disabled single parents will lose from the abolition of the severe disability premium. Both charities call on the government to address these flaws in the new system, to ensure those already facing high living costs are not penalised further.