Louise Rubin, head of policy and campaigns at disability equality charity Scope, said: “In this gruelling winter lockdown, when emergency support is desperately needed, many disabled people are instead facing more anxiety and uncertainty over their finances because of this poorly-timed change.
“This change affects people who receive the severe disability premium, a group with some of the highest support needs and extra costs.
“On top of facing the senseless five-week wait for Universal Credit, those affected will now be penalised because of changes out of their control such as their rent increasing, or their health deteriorating.
“Disability premiums aren’t a luxury, they help cover the extra costs disabled people face.
“They should never have been cut out of the welfare system under Universal Credit.