DLA consultation: responses to the government response
The government published its response to the public consultation on DLA reform, yesterday.
It's quite a long document so, if you like this kind of minutiae, I'd go and make a flask of coffee before reading it. And don't start after 9pm because, if you're like me, you'll wake up at 2am on the sofa with your laptop on the floor like I did last night when I attempted it.
• The Broken of Britain declare the response a whitewash, saying: "It is grossly unjust that the consultation itself closed after the Welfare Reform Bill was published, so that the consultation played no part in shaping the Bill, but it is probably not illegal."
• Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) is happy that they have been listened to. They say: "[EDCM] welcomes the clear message that the Government has given that reforms to DLA will
not be extended to under 16s without public consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny."
• The government also indicated in recent weeks that the proposed removal of the mobility component of DLA for those in residential care is also to be delayed after concern was fed back to them. Government believed that these mobility needs were already being met through another funding stream from local councils, though many groups and individuals say council run transport services are not adequate and something of a postcode lottery.
It seems from yesterday's document that the DLA mobility money may stay but other streams could be cut instead to avoid expense overlap. We'll find out by 2013.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is set to be replaced by Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in the next two years.
Have you read the response document yet? Tell us what you think in the comments, below.