Changes to the Disability Living Allowance
The Government has proposed some changes to Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
We know the present system is not perfect - the forms are hard to fill in, family carers aren't always properly consulted and assessors aren't always well trained in working with people with learning disabilities. So a new, simpler system of 'Personal Independence Payments' ought to be welcome. The new system is supposed to look at the barriers to independence that people face, including activities "necessary to everyday life".
Why am I cautious? Well, the Government's announcement that it would withdraw the mobility component of DLA from people living in residential homes made us all feel that they didn't have a good understanding of what life is like for disabled people. Do they have the same views about what activities are "necessary to everyday life" as disabled people do? And so much emphasis seems to be on cutting the welfare bill that we tend to view any change with some wariness about their motivation.
There is a chance for the Government to do some good and reform the system to:
We've sent in a response to the consultation. Let's hope the Government is listening.