From the Leonard Cheshire Disability website
Mobilise for DLA
In the October Spending Review the Government announced that they are going to stop paying Disability Living Allowance (DLA) mobility component to disabled people living in residential care.
This change, which will be start October 2012, will mean that thousands of disabled people will no longer have the money to pay for things like a powered wheelchair, accessible taxis or a Motability car and this will leave many people trapped at home. Leonard Cheshire Disability are fighting this cut.
We have already written to the Minister making clear how this change will impact on disabled people and you can read our letter at the bottom of this page. We have also e-mailed MPs calling on them to oppose this cut.
We need the support of all of our campaigners to fight this cut and within the next few days there will be resources here on our website that you can use to contact your local MP to call on them to challenge this decision and ensure Mobility DLA is not taken away from people in residential care.
click here to Write to Your MP
or click here to use Leonard Cheshire Disability’s template letter
How this will affect people
Below are personal stories of how this cut will affect people. If you would like to share your story please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jos lives in a Leonard Cheshire Disability home in Rustington. After Jos’ care fees are paid, all he receives is his Mobility DLA and £22 a week Personal Expenses Allowance. Jos uses his Mobility DLA to pay for his car and it covers all his servicing, insurance, MOT and fuel costs. Jos spends most weekends at home with his family and relies on the car most days. They use it for trips to the theatre cinema, shopping, visiting the Wildlife Trust nearby and for visits to friends and relatives. Having the car also means Jos can pursue his hobby of carriage driving as well as enjoying more everyday activities, such as taking garden waste to the tip! Without his Mobility DLA Jos would have to give up most or all of these activities.
Wendy, who lives in a residential care home in Poole, has all of her income taken to pay for her care package, leaving her with just £22 a week in her Personal Expenses Allowance to cover all her personal costs, and DLA mobility component to help cover her mobility needs. Wendy is very active in her local community and her mobility DLA enables her to get out independently and meet with people, do her shopping and socialise. Without it Wendy will simply be unable to afford to get out independently.
Here is the letter LCD sent to Maria Miller, the Minister for Disabled People.
Maria Miller MP
Minister for Disabled People
Department for Work and Pensions
London, SW1H 9DA
26th October 2010
Leonard Cheshire Disability is extremely concerned at the plans announced in the Spending Review to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from disabled people living in residential care.
This will have a huge and regressive impact on the independence of thousands of disabled people. Disabled people in means-tested residential care are already forced to manage on incredibly low incomes, often receiving just £22 a week in the form of their Personal Expenses Allowance (PEA) to meet all of their personal costs. DLA mobility component provides absolutely vital support for people to remain independent and to meet some of the additional costs of getting out.
Removing DLA mobility component from people in residential care will have a devastating impact. People will not have the money to meet additional mobility costs such as a powered wheelchair, accessible taxis or a Motability car and this will seriously impact on their independence.
At Party Conference you met with Wendy Tiffin, an active local campaigner. Wendy receives just £22 a week in her PEA and relies on her DLA mobility component to get out. Without it she will not have the means to enjoy normal social activities such as going to the shops, meeting friends and getting involved in her local community. You suggested Wendy find out more about support to find work or consider standing for election. Neither of these will be possible if her DLA mobility component is removed and I know Wendy is planning to write to you about this.
Whilst in some cases limited transport provision is included in residential care fees, this covers only communal or very limited independent transport. It does not provide the freedom offered by mobility DLA.
The Government must reverse this decision and not remove DLA mobility component from the tens of thousands of disabled adults in residential care who rely on it to maintain their independence.
I look forward to hearing your response.
Acting Director of Policy and Campaigns
Leonard Cheshire Disability