Mencap attacks DLA cut
Mencap, the charity that supports people with learning disabilities, has launched an attack on the government’s cuts to Disability Living Allowance. Mark Goldring, the charity’s chief executive, called the move a “blow” for people with a learning disability.
We have reported on the plan to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance from people in residential care, pointing out that thousands of people will be unable to get out of their residential homes.
Old people will be badly hit. The largest group of young people who will be affected in this way will be people with learning disabilities. As Mr Goldring pointed out:
They rely on this money to access the community and live a fulfilled life. Through this cut the government is targeting some of society’s most vulnerable people who cannot always fight for their rights themselves. It also suggests that the government does not believe that people in residential care who receive DLA are entitled to live independently.
This cut will take us back to the days when people were left in care homes with just four walls for company and will undo decades of progress. Mencap is calling for the government to urgently review this proposal and prevent this devastating blow to some of the UK’s most vulnerable people.
Mencap is calling on people to ask their MPs to contact disability minister Maria Miller, asking for the policy to be reversed. The charity has launched a new website for conversations and debate on cuts and learning disability through twitter, online discussion forums, facebook and other channels.