Massive Opposition to Disability Benefit Reforms

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.

Findings include:

* 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 notice the report is co-authored by Sue Marsh, the disability campaigner who prompted a Twitterstorm after her DLA was abitrarily revoked despite suffering appallingly from Crohn’s Disease.

I’ll look forward to reading the full report, Responsible Reform, when it’s published on Monday.

4 thoughts on “Massive Opposition to Disability Benefit Reforms

  1. They’ve got to Boris, as well 😉

  2. More on this here: Boris Johnson attacks government on Disability Living Allowance. Extensive comments from Boris:

    In his reponse to the government, Mr Johnson directly takes on the ‘benefit scrounger myth’. He argues that ministers should not impose penalties on those who have claimed incorrectly.

    Johnson says: “The government proposes imposing penalties if disabled people do not inform the government in changes in their circumstances. However, the Department of Work and Pensions statistics give the overall fraud rate for Disability Living Allowance as being less than 0.5.”

    He continues: “For those with fluctuating conditions asking them to report every change to their condition would prove very stressful. Rather than penalties the government should issue very clear guidance about what constitutes change and in relation to which conditions.”

    The mayor also worries that moving children from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independent Payment: “Could potentially condemn the parents of disabled children and young people, and the children themselves to a life of financial hardship rather than financial assistance.”

    Boris’ full response is available on scribd:

  3. Shocking that the government have paid little heed to such clear objections! How can this plan go ahead with such weighty disagreement? surely it cannot? :S

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