News from Mencap

  •  PaulR
  •  15/03/2011
  •  News

Hi all

Thousands of people have been supporting the campaign to stop the removal of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for 80,000 people in residential care and Mencap say that due to this hard work, the government has said that it will review the situation and has delayed the introduction of this change until March 2013.

However, to ensure the mobility needs of disabled people in residential care continue to be met, they still need your help to get the proposal completely overturned.

One of the government’s key arguments for removing the DLA mobility component is that local authorities should be meeting these costs. This is an issue that Mencap, along with 38 other disability charities and organisations, has addressed in a report launched this week.

They say that the government’s arguments on this issue are flawed. Mobility needs are not provided for by local authorities, and they do not believe they will be able to make up the difference in funding. As a result, if the proposal were to go ahead, the impact on disabled people in residential care will be devastating.

Please write to the leader of your council and ask them for their views on the government’s decision to stop paying the DLA mobility component to disabled people living in residential care.

Check out this link to get involved:

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