News about some current campaigns.
- Disability Living Allowance consultation response
- Every Disabled Child Matters
- Hardest Hit march
- Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilties (PMLD)
Click on the link below to learn more
1. DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE (DLA) CONSULTATION RESPONSE
The Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) has published their response to their consultation on DLA.
Respondents strongly supported the Government’s proposals for Personal Independence Payment to remain a non-means tested and non-taxable cash benefit that also acts as a passport to entitlement to other sources of help or support. Many people commented that it was important to them to have space on the claim form to describe the impact of their condition on their day-to-day life.
Children and People over the age of 65
DWP does not plan to extend Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to new or existing claims for children from 2013/14.
Individuals already in receipt of PIP will continue to receive the benefit past the upper age limit of 65, provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
Mobility in care homes
The Government has listened to the strong concerns raised by individuals and organisations about the Spending Review proposal to withdraw the DLA mobility component from people in residential care. The Government will not now introduce this measure as planned in October 2012. Meeting the mobility needs of people in residential care will now be considered as part of the wider reform of DLA. The Government is committed to ensuring that residents of care homes are able to get out and about, and is therefore looking to remove overlaps in funding, not mobility.
The Government’s response can be seen here
2. EVERY DISABLED CHILD MATTERS
The Communities and Local Government department are carrying out a review on statutory duties placed on local authorities. We are concerned that some of the duties they are planning to remove will impact families with disabled children and children with special educational needs. The Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) campaign have created a template letter for you to send to your local MP, copying in Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the consultation team. It answers the consultation question ‘what duties are vital to keep?’ and asks Eric Pickles to reassure disabled children and their families that no action will be taken to withdraw duties that affect disabled children and children with special educational needs without full impact assessments and formal public consultation.
Please email your MP to ask the Government not to scrap rights for disabled children and children with special educational needs.
3. HARDEST HIT MARCH
On Wednesday May 11th thousands of disabled people, their families and supporters from all over the country will come together to protest with one voice outside the Houses of Parliament and make their feelings known about the impact of spending cuts on disabled people.
The day of protest, organised by major disability organisations, will send a strong and powerful message to the Government and you’re invited to join. Cuts to vital benefits and services will have a massive impact on disabled people’s independence and could push people into poverty – the Government must act now to make sure that disabled people are not the Hardest Hit.
How do I take part on May 11th?
We’re expecting thousands of disabled people to descend on London and join us on the day, so we’re asking everyone to sign up to let us know their coming and tell us which parts of the day you’ll be joining us for – The March, the lobby and Rally or the whole day of action.
Sign up to take part on May 11th and show your support for disabled people across the UK.
Please ensure you use our template letter to arrange an appointment with your MP in advance of attending on the day. Making an appointment to see you MP on May 11th is the only way to guarantee that you’ll be able to see them face to face at the protest.
4. PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE LEARNING DISABILITIES (PMLD
The PMLD Link Journal has been re-branded and a new website launched:
The PMLD Link Journal is written by, and for, families, carers, practitioners and researchers. It is the only regular publication devoted exclusively to the issues that matter to people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and those who support them. It’s packed with the most current practice, useful ideas, news and reviews, and all sorts of training and resources. Please pass this on to any contacts who you think may be interested in subscribing!
5. REMINDER – CASE STUDIES
This is just a little reminder that Scope and Mencap are still looking for case studies on all issues relating to housing and disability hate crime. Contact can be made via their websites.