Disability Living Allowance Reform – Update

There were interesting developments in Parliament as our campaign to retain the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for disabled children in residential schools continues to make an impact.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester received the following response to her written question below:

Baroness Thomas of Winchester

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to help parents with the mobility needs during the school holidays of disabled children who live in a residential home during term time.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud):

Children who have underlying entitlement to Disability Living Allowance whilst at a residential school will, on application at the appropriate time, have payment of either component restored for holiday periods.

We will be making clearer as we move towards the Bill exactly how the measure to cease paying mobility component of DLA to people in care homes will affect particular groups.

Read more about the debate taking place on  the reform of Disabilty Living Allowance and what we are doing to support people with neuromuscular conditions.

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2 Responses to “Disability Living Allowance Reform – Update”
  1. Sean says:

    Many individuals and families rely on the higher rate mobility payment to pay for a mobility car through the Motability Car Scheme. Motability is a government-funded charity. I’m concerned about how government cuts may affect future funding for Motability? If funding is reduced, Motability grants will reduce and guess who will pay the difference? No one is talking about this…

  2. bobbyancil says:

    Hi Sean

    The loss of Motability cars through people lsoing their right rto DLA mobility component is and has been one of our biggest concerns over the past 12 months.

    We have been campaigning harsd both within and outside Parliament to ensure Ministers understand what people with neuromuscular conditions are saying about this issue and make clear that they understand that removing the mobility component will lead to lost independence and actually institutionalise people.

    Please see below links to some of our work and some of the articles in the press about this issue.

    https://campaignsmd.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/disability-living-allowance-a-review/

    http://www.mdctrailblazers.org/news/564_disability-living-allowance-under-threat-from-budget-cuts

    http://www.mdctrailblazers.org/news/688_disability-living-allowance-to-be-replaced

    http://www.mdctrailblazers.org/news/686_children-and-young-people-in-residential-colleges-to-lose-dla-mobility-component

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/jan/12/mobility-allowance-cut-disabled-meanest-of-all

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jan/12/disability-living-allowance-cuts-charities

    This the latest news on the subject, but we need to keep up the pressure over the coming months.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/feb/22/mobility-allowance-u-turn-glee-premature

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