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News - 14 November 2012

Disabled people fear loss of income.

According to a report headed by the wheelchair athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, up to half a million disabled people and their families could be worse off when the disability living allowance (DLA) is replaced by the Universal Credit System next year

The study used research showing that once the changes are fully in place, 100,000 disabled children stand to lose up to £28 a week, 230,000 severely disabled people who do not have another adult to help them could receive between £28 and £58 a week less, and up to 116,000 disabled people who work could be at risk of losing around £40 a week.

In another survey of 4,500 UK disabled people conducted by the Hardest Hit campaign (an alliance of disability charities and grassroots organisations), 90 percent feared that the loss of the DLA would be bad for their health.

Its survey found 65% of respondents who were in work said without the DLA they would not be able to work and three in 10 said without the DLA their carer would not be able to work.

Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey said there were a lot of misleading stories about the impact of welfare reforms on disabled people.

"……. too often under the current system we are wasting money on overpayments where people's conditions have changed, with £630m a year on DLA alone.”

Stuart Coleman, Tax Manager and Specialist in Residential care and Nursing Homes at ABDS comments:

“The governments welfare reforms need to ensure that the money spent offers the targeted support disabled people need to live independent lives”

If you need any help and advice with Charities or Schools, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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