Today the Responsible Reform report was published, and it’s devastating in its finding. the government has utterly ignored its own consultations with disabled people on the proposed reforms to Disability Living Allowance.
4 We find that the Government’s response to the DLA consultation presented a highly misleading view of the responses it received. Overall,
■ 74% of respondents were against the proposals for PIP;
■ 19% had mixed views; and
■ Only 7% supported it fully.
5 We find that the consultation process did not meet the Government’s own Code of Practice on consultation. It was two weeks shorter than recommended and took place over the Christmas holidays. Crucially,
the Welfare Reform Bill was presented to Parliament two days before the consultation ended, meaning that
responses could not be taken into account when drafting legislation for PIP.
6 We find that the evidence does not support a 30% rise in DLA claims relevant to PIP as claimed by the Government throughout their consultation and Impact Assessments. The figure is actually 13%. These figures were not
made clear to parliamentarians as they debated the bill, despite a Government report being signed off in May
2010. Government are still using the 30% figure despite admitting that it gives a “distorted view”.
In other words, an utter farce of a pretence of a shambles of a whitewash of a so-called consultation.
Go read the report, write to your MP, tweet the #spartacusreport hashtag and sign this petition. Do it now.
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
Yesterday, in response to Sue Marsh’s shocking and heartless loss of Disability Living Allowance, I made the following prediction.
My guess is that there’ll be a chin-stroking news report from the Guardian, and a deafening silence from the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Times, the Telegraph…Sorry, but to a wide section of the media and the general public, this isn’t the benefits story to get outraged about. The real injustice (apparently) is when somebody manages to scrounge a few quid they’re not entitled to.
So, what does Google News say today?
Sometimes I hate being right.
Can there be any more ringing denunciation of the system for assessing DLA than Sue Marsh’s blog post yesterday?
I have severe crohn’s disease. Probably one of the most severe cases in the country.
I have had 7 major life saving operations to remove over 30 obstructions (blockages) from my bowel.
I take chemo-shots every two weeks that suppress my immune system, ensuring that I regularly have to fight infections. Exhaustion, pain and nausea plague every single day of my life.
I have osteoprosis and malnutrition.
I have had major seizures and a stroke.
Nonetheless, I have just heard from my own Disability Living Allowance application, that it has been rejected. Completely. I will receive no support at all from DLA. Despite claiming successfully in the past, despite only getting weaker and more frail and less able to live independently, my reconsideration was rejected.