Cash boost for disabled youngsters in 2009 budget

According to the Daily Mail, the 2009 budget will see an extra £200 a year for disabled children. This money can be saved in a trust fund for when they become adults.

The story reports:

Disabled children will get up to £200 a year extra to save for their adult lives.

The money will be invested in their Child Trust Fund accounts from next April at a cost of £15million.

All youngsters born on or after September 2002 who receive disability living allowance will be entitled to the cash boost.

Around 100,000 will get annual payments of £100, which are doubled for an estimated 40,000 suffering from the severest physical and mental health problems.

Experts claimed today that the additional annual sums would be worth between £3,000 and £6,000 by the age of 18.

Mark Goldring, chief executive of Royal Mencap, said:

The Budget boost was evidence of the Government’s ‘commitment’ to children and their families but also called for more support for disabled adults.

People with a learning disability and their families are more likely to live in poverty due to the extra costs they face

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