Welfare Reform Bill: Have your say – Leonard Cheshire Disability

The Welfare Reform Bill – the law that the Government has proposed that will make changes to benefits like Disability Living Allowance – is now being considered by MPs in Parliament. MPs have debated some of the issues in the Bill already, and now they have called for evidence to inform the next part of their discussions, when the Bill will be considered by a Committee of MPs.

This is your chance to have your voice heard on key changes, including the proposals to change Disability Living Allowance (DLA) into a new benefit called the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and the proposal to stop paying the mobility component of this benefit to people in residential care.

DLA mobility component helps to meet the extra costs many disabled people face in doing everyday things, such as going to the shops, visiting family and socialising with friends. If this support is removed from disabled people in residential care it will leave thousands of people without the money that they need to get out independently.

The Welfare Reform Bill includes other reforms such as the introduction of the new Universal Credit and limits to the payment of contributory Employment and Support Allowance to a 12-month period, which you may also want to comment on.

You are able to submit your views until May 24th, but the sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. Responses don’t need to cover everything in the Bill – if there’s one issue that matters to you, it’s really important that MPs hear about it. And responses don’t need to be long or very formal – it’s just a way to make sure that MPs get to hear what people outside of Parliament think about the changes that are being proposed to benefits. You can email your submission to scrutiny@parliament.uk now.

In your email include your name, address, telephone number and email address.

Your submission should be attached to your email in a Word document and include:

  • a short introduction about yourself
  • the date of submission
  • a summary of your main points
  • numbered paragraphs

Your submission should be no longer than 3000 words.

Or if you prefer, you can email your views back to us at campaigning@LCDisability.org, and we will try to reflect the views we receive in our own response to the Committee.

If you have any questions please feel free to reply to this email and we will try help.

Best wishes,

Hannah and the Campaigns Team

 

Contact the Policy & Campaigns Team on 020 3242 0410 or email campaigning@LCDisability.org or visit www.LCDisability.org/campaigns
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One Response to “Welfare Reform Bill: Have your say – Leonard Cheshire Disability”

  1. malka Says:

    good, gradually gaining momentum from all the organisations that should have seen this coming a long time ago…………..lets force IDS to do a u-turn at least where the disabled community are concerned…….

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