disabled children

  • Tax credits: child disability element fiasco

    Issue 256 (February 2017)

    Martin Williams discusses securing child disability elements for the 28,000 families who lost out due to the failure of the DWP to notify HMRC about awards of disability living allowance (DLA).

  • Disability living allowance for children

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is the main benefit payable to help meet the additional costs which arise for families caring for a disabled child. It is under claimed and can be difficult to understand.

    This course looks in detail at the DLA rules as they apply to children under 16 and explains how to complete a DLA claim form to give the best chance of a successful outcome from the outset, reducing the stress of the claiming process.

    The course covers;

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  • Benefits for disabled children e-bulletin: July 2012

    17 July 2012

    Read our July e-bulletin which looks at: review of effect of universal credit on disabled children; updated Disabled young people factsheet; new reports; and more.

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  • CPAG responds to the Autumn Statement

    5 December 2013

    We have criticised the Chancellor's Autumn Statement for rationing support for children, working families and disabled people through a national cap on social security.

    See our full reaction in the CPAG press statement.

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  • Disability and discrimination: the Court of Appeal upholds the rights of disabled people

    Issue 228 (June 2012)

    This article is an update on ‘Disability and discrimination: a case for special treatment' in Bulletin 226. That article discussed the arguments put forward in the case of Burnip v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this article we consider the Court of Appeal’s decision in Burnip and the joined cases of Trengove and Gorry.

  • DWP drops Supreme Court appeal over disabled children ‘bedroom tax’

    12 March 2013

    The DWP has dropped its appeal on the 'Gorry' case, for which CPAG provided legal representation, and has today told local authorities to allow an extra bedroom for children who are unable to share because of their severe disabilities. This applies to both housing benefit and to the 'bedroom tax'. 

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  • Latest disabled children e-bulletin

    29 May 2013

    Read our latest e-bulletin which looks at: new DLA caselaw; housing benefit for disabled children unable to share a room; PIP introduced; and Scottish Welfare Fund introduced.

    Sign up to the e-bulletin here.

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  • Supreme Court to decide on ‘unlawful’ bedroom tax


    Following last month’s victory in the Court of Appeal, the battle continues for Paul and Sue Rutherford and their severely disabled grandson, Warren. The Court held that the ‘bedroom tax’ (or under-occupancy penalty) is in breach of the Human Rights Act 1998, unlawfully discriminating against disabled children requiring overnight care and victims of domestic violence living in Sanctuary Scheme Homes (in the case of ‘A’). The Government was quick to appeal this decision. We have been representing the Rutherford family since 2013 and will be in the Supreme Court defending the Court of Appeal’s decision from 29 February. SSWP v Rutherfords has been joined with other bedroom tax cases, MA & Others and A.

  • Tribunal ruling on DLA entitlement for disabled refugee children


    CPAG welcomes the Upper Tribunal decision on disabled refugee children who up to now, have not been entitled to disability living allowance (DLA) until they have spent over two years in the UK. On 17 March 2016, Judge Kate Markus QC found that the current past presence test unjustifiably discriminates against refugees and their family members and should therefore be dis-applied.