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Tax Credit Reforms: Disability Rights UK Have Concerns For Disabled People

October 26, 2015

Disability Rights UK believes that disabled people who are in work could be disproportionately affected by the Government’s proposed tax credit reforms than non-disabled workers.

This is because disabled people who are in work are more likely to be in lower paid work than non-disabled people:

  • disabled people are more likely to be at the lower end of the earnings distribution. In 2012, the average hourly wage for disabled people was £12.15, compared to £13.25 for non-disabled people;
  • the pay gap between disabled people and non-disabled people has increased by 35% since 2010;
  • disabled men experience a pay gap of 11% compared to non-disabled men, while the gap between disabled women and non-disabled women is double this at 22%.

Another significant aspect of the proposed tax credits reforms is that child tax credit to be amended to remove the family element of child tax credit for any claims which do not include a child born before 6 April 2017, and also to limit the number of children that can be included in a claim to two unless there is a prescribed exception.

The changes ensure that any disabled or severely disabled child born or qualifying young person born on or after 6 April 2017 will qualify for the additional individual element.

However, the effect of this is wholly inadequate as the ‘standard child element’ (£2,780 for 2015/2016) will not be paid for any third of more disabled child.

Straightforwardly, the child disability additions within child tax credit are in place to recognise the additional costs of a disabled child.

Research shows that families with disabled children are more likely to be living in poverty than other families and that it costs three times as much to raise a disabled child.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. mili68 permalink
    October 26, 2015 7:07 pm

    Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.

  2. mili68 permalink
    October 26, 2015 7:25 pm

    Tweeted @melissacade68

  3. mili68 permalink
    October 26, 2015 7:27 pm

    Am standing with people on the Tax Credit Cuts but have wondered for a while now how many of those sttod up for the likes of us disabled, sick, ill and poor when our benefits have been cut?!
    I have a sneaking suspicion not as many as us standing up with them.

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