Mobilise for DLA
Government to keep mobility payments for people living in residential care
|Six campaigners created this stunt which shows disabled people trapped in their homes as a result of the removal of DLA mobility|
Thanks to the hard work of thousands of disabled people across the country the Government has decided to keep mobility payments for people living in residential care. In October 2010 it had announced plans to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance from people living in state funded residential care. This would have left 80,000 disabled people without the support they need to get out independently.
Highlights of your campaign included a 7000 signature petition presented to parliament, over 200 stories in the local and national news and over a thousand people writing to their MP. Up and down the country people met their MP, went on marches and wrote to their local press to let them know the impact this cut would have had.
A key part of the campaign was the Low Review, an independent review into personal mobility in residential care chaired by Lord Low of Dalston with the secretariat provided by Leonard Cheshire Disability and Mencap.
The Review received over 800 pieces of evidence from residents, families, care providers and local authorities. Its final report, Independence, Choice and Control,
found that DLA mobility was vital for individuals in residential care to maintain their independence.
Shortly after the Review reported its findings in November, the Government announced that it planned to keep the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (replacing Disability Living Allowance) for people living in residential care.