Help fight the DLA cuts
Friday 05 November 2010
Mencap has launched a campaign against the cuts to Disability Living Allowance
October's comprehensive spending review included the decision to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people living in residential care homes.
This change will affect 58,000 disabled people, who use the benefit to access their community. Mencap believes that the government has misunderstood how this benefit is used – by removing it, people living in residential care will only have around £22.19 a week personal allowance.
Mark Goldring, Mencap's chief executive, explained that the mobility component of the DLA helps people living in residential care to get the personal support they need to take part in activities and live a fulfilled life: "This cut will take us back to the days when people were left in care homes with just four walls for company and will undo decades of progress."
The help fight these cuts, Mencap this week launched a campaign. It calls on people to email their MP, asking them to write to disability minister Maria Miller, urging her to get the decision reversed.
Already, more than 800 people have taken action by emailing their MP. You can help to fight the cuts by emailing the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller.
Simon Greenwood (pictured left) is a 29-year-old man from Nottinghamshire who lives in a residential care home. Because of his severe learning disability and autism, he needs round-the-clock care.
Simon uses the mobility component of DLA to provide a vehicle through the Motability scheme. This lets him access community activities, such as going on walks or day trips to the seaside or zoo. Because of his disabilities and challenging behaviour, he can't do these activities alone, and can't use public or shared transport.
Simon's father, Vincent said: "Simon's assessment for mobility allowance was 'for life' due to the fact there is no prospect of his condition ever improving. Now it is to be taken away. We feel we have been set back many years – years of striving for the best for Simon."