A report issued next Monday will expose the true level of opposition to disability benefit reforms.
Parliament has been given only a partial view of the overwhelming opposition to the Coalition’s planned reforms of a key disability benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
It also finds that this opposition was previously not released to public scrutiny by the Government.
The report is based on the responses to the government’s own consultation on its planned DLA reforms, which were only made public once disabled people requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.
* 98 per cent of respondents objected to the qualifying period for benefits being raised from 3 months to 6 months
* 99 per cent of respondents objected to Disability Living Allowance no longer being used as a qualification for other benefits
* 92% opposed removing the lowest rate of support for disabled people
[n.b. The press release is described as embargoed until Monday morning, but that embargo was lifted this evening.]
The report also shows that the reforms are so unjust not even Boris Johnson could bring himself to support the government.
I’ll look forward to reading the full report, Responsible Reform, when it’s published on Monday.