Disability Living Allowance

  • In the CSR, George Osborne announces mobility component of DLA for those in residential care will be removed – Channel Four News, 20 Oct 2010
  • Ministers announce U-turn on mobility benefit cut – BBC News 1 Dec 2011

As C4 News reported of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review:

The mobility component of disability living allowance for those in residential care will also be removed. It will affect the estimated 58,000 DLA claimants in care homes.

Here’s the BBC’s report of the government’s u-turn on this policy:

Controversial plans to axe some benefit payments to disabled people living in care homes are being dropped.

The government had planned to axe the “mobility” part of Disability Living Allowance – worth £51-a-week – for those in residential care.

It had argued that local authority contracts with care homes should cover residents’ mobility needs.

But after much criticism from charities Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller confirmed the plans have been dropped.

In a written statement to MPs, she said the decision had been taken “having listened to the concerns raised” and the proposal would be removed from the Welfare Reform Bill.

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