DLA is top trending on Twitter
Gosh. Interesting to note that Disability Living Allowance is 'top trending' on Twitter in the United Kingdom, right now. For those not familiar with the geeky terminology, it means that it's one of the most talked-about subjects on the world's biggest electronic forum.
The budget has been and gone and the anxieties, celebrations and analysis of how it has impacted on disabled people, is happening on a mass scale on the internet right now.
The headline is that George Osborne is looking to decrease the amount they pay out to DLA claimants. In 2013, he aims to replace the current eligibility form filling with an interview based medical assessment.
The allowance was originally designed to help with the extra living costs one has as a disabled person, and was conceived during the last Conservative government's reign. Proof of receiving DLA is often used as an unofficial easy passport to other services you may be entitled to. Presumably advocacy organisations won't be able to help clients claim for benefits in quite the same way from 2013 if a direct personal assessment is the way forward.
Have you ever seen a disability related topic trending on Twitter before? Me either.