Budget fightback – Save DLA

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Responses already coming in include…

Professor Peter Beresford OBE . Chair, Shaping Our Lives, the national service user and disabled people’s organisation and network.

Government policy on disability and DLA assessment is beginning to look like a first world war tribunal committed to sending the badly wounded back into the front line at any cost. No matter about physical or sensory impairment or mental health problem, just get them off benefits and into jobs that don’t exist.
This policy doesnt add up and is against every principle of anti-discrimination and disability equality. Many disabled people will be damaged by this, but ultimately it will be government and the rest of us who will be the real losers as we are all pulled away from the principles of a just and civilised society.

 

This is an extract from RNIB response sent to us by
Geoff Fimister Campaigns Officer -Independent Living

Geoff Fimister

In particular, RNIB has serious questions regarding changes to the eligibility criteria for DLA. This benefit has previously been recognised as well targeted and there is very little evidence of abuse of DLA. RNIB will be looking for clarification on how those with “the highest medical need” will be identified and assurances that all blind and partially sighted people in need of this important benefit will continue to receive it.

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11 Responses to “Budget fightback – Save DLA”

  1. Clenton Says:

    This budget has only helped the divide and rule concept. The media and politicians have created a very dangerous myth on welfare reform and Benefits claimants, Disability Living Allowance is not a benefit, but a basic recognition that it is more expensive to live as a disabled person in our society. HIV is a complex fluctuating condition which cannot easily be assessed and any forthcoming medical assessment for this benefit will need to take into account the specific needs of people living with HIV. I hope the Government will consult fully with people living with HIV and Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) and other complex fluctuating conditions, as well as the organisations that support them when considering how to implement this change.

  2. alice Says:

    Peter Beresford should be a prime minister.

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  4. Cath Says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jun/25/perspectives-care-peoples-panel

    Perspectives on care – Guardian

  5. Carer Watch.com / Emergency Budget 2010 Says:

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  6. jackie sallis Says:

    I AM VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROPOSALS FOR DLA, WHY MANY DISABLED PEOPLE HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS THAT ARE LIFELONG AND IN MANY WILL NOT GET BETTER, THEREFORE WHY SHOULD THOSE PEOPLE BE SUBJECTED TO UNESSEARY ASSESSMENTS, WHEN SUFFICENT EVIDENCE CAN BE SUPPLIED FROM THE PERSONS GP/SPECALISTS, I HAVE BEEN TO SEE MY MP MARTIN HORWOOD CHELTENHAM AND HE RAISED THIS QUESTION IN PARLIAMENT ON 19TH JULY.

    THOSE DISABILITY GROUPS OR DISABLED PEOPLE WHO FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THIS SHOULD SET UP A PETITION OR LOBBY THEIR MPS IF I CAN HELP IN ANY WAY PLEASE EMAIL ME

  7. Kate Says:

    I am really concerned about the way DLA is being targeted. It is for disabled people to be able to live a more independent life. I am also concerned about invisible disabilities such as fibromyalgia, agoraphobia and social phobia etc as well as many other conditions. I think there are many benefits that go unclaimed and the increase in people claiming is partially due to greater awareness.

    • Paul Says:

      We’re dealing with prejudice and Machiavellian politics so you can’t take what they say at face value.

      Some of the true believers feel they are at war and they are determined to turn the clock back to a ‘better’ ‘more decent’ time when there were no malingerers or shirkers. Others have been trained to regard empathy as weakness and an especial liability to strong government.

      Both groups believe that the end justifies the means and as with the pretext for a real war, they will do and say anything to get their way.

      From their perspective ‘invisible’ conditions are perfect. I’m certain that behind closed doors there are powerful men and women saying things like: “easy to get them thrown off then!”

  8. Silver Says:

    The problem with targeting the already sick with more medicals is the extra stress they have to endure.You might argue but if you are sick then why worry about Medicals that can/cannot prove your illness.

    Well most who have had dealings with DWP and trying to get DLA.Which is not easy to get onto.I tried three times before getting it.Then there were reviews and Tribunals to go through to have finally got it.I now have a indefinite award but know to expect a medical in 2013.

    And yes I am worried about this.We know about ATOS and ESA.How it is a system that does not work for the benefit of a claimant.In law you are presumed innocent till you are found guilty.But with ATOS it seems the other way round.I am not sure what test DWP is going to come up with for DLA.But if the government is saying it wants between 20 and 40% of claimants removed then it would appear to be a very harsh test.Also in the DWP,s own figures fraud only accounts for 0.06% of all DLA claims.And the fact that more claim is because there is more information out there now.You can pick up leaflets on benefits in Doctors Surgeries and Chemists.Then there are also the Welfare Rights people who will point you in the right direction and because of this the government is to reduce funding to them.

    Also in the DLA claim pack it says it is not about the illness but How It Affects You.

    I think the government is being callous and uncaring in attacking DLA.We are not scroungers as the press dictates but are Human Beings and demonising us.Especially those with Mental Health Conditions.This only makes us feel worse than we already are.

  9. Mary Mahmoud Says:

    I have been on highest rate mobility and low rate personal care for 2 years. I was advised to claim again for a higher rate of care as I can no longer do much for myself at all. I was told I only had to fill in the care part as my Mobility would not be affected. After 4 months the decision came back and I have been refused for care AND mobility. This is plainly fraudulent on their behalf as I did not even fill in the mobility part! Yet they claim I can walk,cook etc etc ( which I can`t ) They ignored everything I put on the care part and I think they are paid bonuses to deny people their rights. How these people sleep at night I don`t know. I am also diabetic and should have a healthy diet, but as they`ve taken all my DLA away IMMEDIATELY, not even waiting for the appeal, I can`t even afford to buy food now. I worked up till a few months ago and feel disgusted that I have contributed so much and had a slap in the face as reward. I wish I had never listened to well meaning advice and accepted the low rate even though I should be getting a higher rate.

    • Paul Says:

      Name and number only. You have to think of them as implacable enemies.

      You should go to tribunal.

      When I applied for DLA the decision makers simply denied everything my doctor had written. To take one example out of many, he had written that I have a certain form arthritis in certain vertebrae – in response to this, the DLA blithely stated that I did not have this condition. And so it went on over four different conditions. It was really crushing.

      I now know they do this as a matter of routine (and doctors are well aware of it). Essentially they are bluffing: they are gambling you’ll be too upset to take it to a tribunal.

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