Vulnerable Will Not Lose Mobility Cash; MP DELIGHTED AT U-TURN AFTER CAMPAIGN FOR VITAL BENEFIT

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Vulnerable Will Not Lose Mobility Cash; MP DELIGHTED AT U-TURN AFTER CAMPAIGN FOR VITAL BENEFIT


Byline: MATTHEW GEORGE

TENS of thousands of vulnerable North Wales people who receive a vital benefit that helps with their transport needs have been assured they will not lose it next year.

The Government had planned to withdraw the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance next October, triggering widespread protests.

But North Wales MP Chris Ruane said yesterday he had received a letter from Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller confirming a U-turn.

He thanked everyone who campaigned against the cut, but warned they would need to keep watching to ensure it was not reinstated at a later date.

DLA is a tax-free benefit for disabled children and adults for extra costs they have, giving them some control over their lives.

More than 244,000 people in Wales receive it and almost 215,000 get the mobility element, claiming around pounds 175m of a UK total of pounds 12bn.

The Government is replacing DLA with new Personal Independence payments (PIP) from 2013-14, and all claimants will have to undergo new testing.

It had also intended to remove the mobility element from people in residential care for more than 84 days a year.

Ms Miller has written to Vale of Clwyd MP Mr Ruane following a consultation on the plans, to say DLA has not been changed since its introduction 18 years ago. …

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