Scope responds to new research into Disability Living Allowance reforms
6 January 2012
Disability campaigner and blogger at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger, Sue Marsh has published new research into Disability Living Allowance reforms.
The report Responsible Reform (PDF document 507KB) analysed the responses to the Goverment's consultation on DLA reform, published in April 2010. The responses were gathered following a Freedom of Information request.
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of disability charity Scope, responds to the research:
“This report once again reveals the very real concerns disabled people have about the government’s reform of Disability Living Allowance. We know that this benefit is a lifeline for millions of people and families. It gives them the opportunity to meet the extra living costs they incur as a result of living with a condition or impairment and we know that people are genuinely worried about the impact these reforms will have on their quality of life. We urge the government to listen and act on these concerns and to ensure its replacement Personal Independence Payment (PIP) takes into consideration all the barriers disabled people face in everyday life so they can live independently and play an active role in their local community.”
Notes to the Editor:
For more information, please contact the Scope press office on 020 7619 7200.
In October 2011, Scope published new research, which found the the DLA replacement Personal Independence Payment (PIP) won't be directed to those who need the greatest support because the assessment to test for eligibility is flawed.
In November 2011, the Government announced it was reversing its decision to scrap the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for those living in residential care.
DLA was introduced in 1992 because day-to-day activities cost more if you are disabled. This can include anything from increased electricity bills, running medical equipment and doing laundry more often, to increased transport costs, specialist clothing and having to buy more expensive ready-made food, which is easier to cook. There are two components, one for care and one for mobility.
Overall DLA caseload and expenditure: Overall, 3.2 million disabled people receive DLA. Forecast expenditure on the benefit for 2011-2012 is £12.6 billion.