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CASH BOOST FOR OVER 80,000 DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR CARERS

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Over 80,000 disabled children and their carers now get additional ...
Over 80,000 disabled children and their carers now get additional

help thanks to above inflation increases to their benefit entitlement

that come into effect this month.

The Disabled Child Premium has increased to£35.50 per week, a rise

of£5 over the rate of inflation. In addition, the premium will

again increase by a further£5 over the rate of inflation from

April 2003.

These measures alone will mean that disabled children and their

families will be better off by more than£17 per week over the

rate of inflation over three years.

New mothers and pensioners also get extra help with above inflation

increases to their benefits:

New mothers - the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay and

Maternity Allowance has gone up to£75.00 a week, rising to£100 a

week in April 2003 - an increase of 80 per cent since 1997.

Pensioners - the basic state pension rose by£3 for single

pensioners and£4.80 for couples, with further guaranteed rises of at

least£100 a year in the future.

Commenting on the benefit uprating, work and pensions decretary

Alistair Darling said:

'We are committed to ensuring that the right support is given to

people according to their needs.

'The extra money available from this month is proof of that

commitment to target help where it is most needed.'

Notes

1. Most contributory and non-contributory benefits will rise by the

RPI increase of 1.7%. Most Income-related benefits (IRBs) will rise

by the ROSSI index increase of 1.7% - the ROSSI index is based on RPI

less housing costs. The increases are taken from the September 2001

RPI and ROSSI index which was published in October 2001.

2. The IRBs are Income Support (IS), Jobseeker's Allowance Income

Based (JSA(IB)), Housing Benefit (HB) and Council Tax Benefit (CTB).

3. The increase in the Disabled Child Premium will be mirrored by

the same increases in the Working Families' Tax Credit and the

Disabled Persons' Tax Credit. These increases will be carried forward

into the new Child Tax Credit when it is introduced.

4. The increases to benefit entitlement were first announced in the

Pre Budget Report, November 2001 and came into effect from Monday 08

April 2002. A full list of the new benefit rates can be found

here(Notes to Editors 3).

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