Disability Living Allowance will not be scrapped
Posted Friday 23 October 2009
Yesterday afternoon, Health Secretary Andy Burnham confirmed that Government would not make any changes to the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as part of its changes to social care funding. He said:
"I do want to close down [...] the debate and controversy over Disability Living Allowance. We recognise that this is an important benefit for disabled people, and I can state categorically that we have now ruled out any suggestion that DLA for under-65s will be brought into the new National Care Service."
The Government has not ruled out changes to Attendance Allowance, the equivalent benefit for people aged over 65. Mind continues to oppose changes to this benefit.
Thank you to everyone who petitioned Government and made their voice heard on the issue of DLA - your campaigning made a real difference and forced the Government to make its plans clear. Well done!