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DLA Reform- Public Consultation

December 6, 2010

I can’t believe my eyes, readers. This is the reason why.

Minister For Disabled People Maria Miller has today launched a public consultation into the possibility of… wait for it… replacing DLA with a new benefit, to be called the Personal Independence Payment. Full details are at the link above.

I claim DLA. This makes Wednesdays the highlight of my week. I really don’t know what I would do without DLA. So, the government can consult whoever they like about changing it however they like, but I, for one, hope that if anything changes, those changes won’t apply to people like me, whose DLA award is indefinite.

I will fully support any campaigns which might start against the idea of replacing DLA with anything. I’ll keep you posted, readers, and, as always, your comments are very welcome.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2010 5:38 pm

    Hi Sarah
    Maria Miller also said that they are looking to remove the mobility component of DLA for children in residential schools. I assume that also means young people at residential colleges. For myself that would be the removal of my son’s wheelchair accessible vehicle as he attends a residential school Monday to Friday. How do they expect parents to cope at weekends and in the holidays?

    This is the quote from Hansard – House of Commons Answers 1st Dec 2010

    Disability Living Allowance: Care Homes

    Kate Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of children likely to be affected by the implementation of the proposed withdrawal of the mobility component of disability living allowance from claimants living in residential care. [24704]

    Maria Miller: The spending review announced that the mobility component of disability living allowance would be removed from adults in residential care and children in residential schools.

    Proposals for disability living allowance reform will be informed by responses to the consultation document which we will publish shortly.

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    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.

  2. samedifference1 permalink*
    December 6, 2010 5:49 pm

    Thank you for pointing that out Julia- I hadn’t realised the mobility component removal was going to affect children in residential schools.

    When they say they are removing the mobility component of DLA they mean the amount of money you get weekly for help with mobility. I don’t think they can actually take the wheelchair accessible vehicle away from you- if I am wrong, well, that’s just crazy.

  3. Stacey Riley permalink
    December 6, 2010 6:13 pm

    I like you have been awarded DLA for ‘life’. Unfortunately this change is going to apply to all DLA claimants of working age ie 16-64, if I have understood the consultation document correctly.

  4. December 10, 2010 12:17 am

    i gwt middle rate DLA and i have it till 2013 not long away i dont know what happens then i got it no bother first time round but i have a feeling the only reason they awaded me it till 2013 is because they are changing people over to pip im supprised when it came out they didnt have some kind of news on the tv about it

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