Review of personal mobility needs launched
Tuesday 19 July 2011
Independent review will look at how the personal mobility needs of people living in residential care are met
Lord Low of Dalston CBE will chair a 12-week independent review into the personal mobility needs of people living in state-funded residential care.
Mencap and Leonard Cheshire Disability asked Lord Low to conduct the review, following the government’s proposals to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) from people in residential care.
The Low Review aims to gather evidence from individuals living in state-funded residential care and their families, care providers and local authorities. Its scope will include how disabled people’s needs are met, how they are funded and what responsibilities care home providers and local authorities have in relation to the mobility needs of residents.
The findings from the review will be published in the autumn, enabling Peers to consider the evidence and the review’s recommendations, as they debate the Welfare Reform Bill.
The Bill as it stands would give government the power to stop paying the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment, replacing DLA, to thousands of people living in residential care. It has already passed through the House of Commons and is set to move to the House of Lords in September.
Lord Low said: “I have been asked and agreed to lead this important piece of work. The proposed removal of mobility payments from people living in residential care potentially has a significant impact on the lives of disabled people and it is therefore vital that there is a public and comprehensive look at this issue.
“I hope that the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller, will engage with the review, and I urge disabled people, providers and local authorities to take this opportunity to contribute publicly.”
The review is open for evidence until Monday 10 October 2011.
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Find out more about Mencap's campaign to protect the mobility component of DLA