Disabled people and their friends and family are extremely worried about the Government’s decision to take away the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from those in residential care homes.
I staunchly oppose this decision which will leave up to 80,000 individuals in residential care with only £22 a week on which to live on, and will pose real difficulties for many residents that rely on this payment to be able to freely visit family and friends at a time of their choosing – something that the vast majority of us simply take for granted.
Despite warm words from the Minister for Disabled People, the DLA mobility cut remains in the budget book and provisions to remove DLA mobility from those in residential care homes remain in the Welfare Reform Bill. The Minister has said that this cut is subject to a review, but has admitted that this review is ‘unofficial’ and the findings of the review will not be made public. I believe this is completely unacceptable.
Given the lack of confidence they have in the Government, leading disability charities Mencap and Leonard Cheshire have now taken the lead in setting up and funding their own independent review into DLA mobility, to be led by Lord Low. It is very disappointing to learn that the Minister is refusing to participate in the Low Review.
I encourage all those in the Rother Valley with an interest in ensuring that disabled people do not become prisoners in their own homes, to put their experiences in writing and submit their own evidence to the Low Review. For more information please visit http://lowreview.org.uk/