U-TURN WIN ON MOBILITY; Forced Government Rethink

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), December 3, 2011 | Go to article overview

U-TURN WIN ON MOBILITY; Forced Government Rethink


Byline: TOM DOWLING

TODAY is International Year of Disabled People - and at long last disabled people in the UK have something to celebrate.

The Government U-turn on plans to scrap mobility payments is great news for the 78,000 disabled people living in residential care.

The mobility cash - part of Disability Living Allowance - covers some of the extra costs of accessing suitable transport or buying mobility aids such as powered scooters.

Plans were in store to axe the benefit in October 2013 when DLA will be replaced by the new Personal Independent Payment.

But widespread protests from disability groups - and an independent review by Lord Low of Dalton - forced the Government to back down.

Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller said: "We have spent the last few months gathering information and evidence and visiting disabled people in care homes to find out directly from them how their mobility needs are actually met in practice. …

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