HALF a million people claiming disability benefits face a three-week wait for Universal Credit.
A change to the benefit rules from today means they can be moved onto the newer benefit if their circumstances change.
There is a wait of five weeks between claiming Universal Credit and receiving the cash.
People claiming the Severe Disability Premium (SDP), which is worth between £66.95 and £133.90 a year, should continue getting their existing benefit for two-weeks after they claim.
But this will leave them with a three-week gap with no support.
HOAR has been calling for the government to scrap the five-week wait for cash as part of our Make Universal Credit Work campaign.
SDP is available to support some of the most severely disabled Brits and tops up older benefits like Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit.
It’s estimated that around half a million people get SDP.