A judicial review and the ensuing denial of the Department for Work and Pensions’ appeal led to a revision of the policy. This regulatory modification is advantageous as it pertains to individuals who transition from a “legacy” benefit to Universal Credit due to a change in circumstances and were previously eligible for the Severe Disability Premium (SDP) and other “legacy” disability-related premia.
In order to provide comprehensive coverage of the other disability premia that were previously theirs in their ‘legacy’ benefit, the revised regulations will grant additional transitional protection to newly eligible claimants who meet the criteria for SDP transitional protection.
What Universal Credit is..
Universal Credit is a social security payment in the United Kingdom. It is a means-tested program that is replacing and combining six benefits for low-income working-age households: Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit, and Support Allowance (Employment and Support Allowance are income-based, as is Jobseeker’s Allowance).
A UC award comprises various components, which are payable to the claimant in accordance with applicable criteria: a standard allowance for individuals or couples; child and disabled child components for household children; housing and childcare expenses; as well as components for caregiving or having a disability or illness that restricts work capability.