Disability Now – Hope kills DLA threat

There are no plans to abolish Disability Living Allowance (DLA), a government minister has told Disability Now. Fears for the future of DLA have escalated among disabled people since the government published a consultation document setting out proposals for funding the social care system in July. In an interview with Disability Now in September, the Care Services Minister Phil Hope failed to allay those fears by refusing to rule out integrating money used to fund DLA into a pot of money that would be allocated to local authorities to fund support services. However, when asked by Disability Now at a reception at the Labour Party conference in Brighton if he would abolish DLA if he is still in office after the general election, Phil Hope replied “no”. Click here for full...

Carer fights against benefits cuts – BBC

A carer from Bruton is holding a petition in Taunton to protest against proposed changes to the Attendance Allowance. Under the government’s Green Paper on health and social care, this particular benefit could be distributed by local authorities. Click here for full...

Latest Benefits & Work – DLA is not under threat . . . be very happy” says minister

Dear Carer Watch, In what may represent a dramatic victory for campaigners, Care Services Minister Phil Hope yesterday told a reporter at the Labour Party conference that DLA is not under threat by the care green paper. According to the Disability Now website, Phil Hope, when asked if he would abolish DLA after the election, replied: “No. All the models that we have done have not included DLA. But if people were to make a case to integrate DLA into a comprehensive system, then I’m very happy to hear that case and have those arguments. “DLA is not under threat and people can be very happy”. For more details and our reaction, visit: Benefits and work We know that some people will claim that the minister’s comments are evidence that campaigning to save DLA was unnecessary. It’s a claim, however, that can only be be made by ignoring such as the following. 1 Earlier this month the DWP press office said in relation to whether DLA would be scrapped: “It depends on what people say in the consultation. We need to see what people say when they respond.” 2 The same minister who is now saying DLA is not under threat wrote to MEP Liz Lynne just a fortnight ago stating that: “. . . this is a consultation exercise and no final decisions have been made about which disability benefits might be involved, or how they would be affected.” 3 The same minister also refused to rule out the possibility of DLA being axed in an interview earlier this month with Disability Now. 4 Last month CPAG claimed...

Trades Union Congress

www.tuc.org.uk/events/detail.cfm?event=3116 Shaping the Future of Care Together Date Mon, 26 Oct 2009 Time to from 14:00 to 16:00 Location Congress House Cost Free Description A consultative meeting to discuss the TUC response to the Government’s Green paper on the future of social care Travel Tube: Tottenham Court Road. More details: http://www.congresscentre.co.uk/location.asp Accessibility Congress House is accessible. More details: http://www.congresscentre.co.uk/facilities_disabled.asp Register interest or request more information Please use this email form or contact: Jennifer Mann, Economic and Social Affairs Department, 020 7467 1222, jmann@tuc.org.uk...

Improving Benefits for Everyone – David Behan

http://careandsupport.direct.gov.uk/blog/2009/09/improving-benefits-for-everyone/ When we launched the Big Care Debate in July, our plan was to start a nationwide discussion on the reform of adult care and support in England. With well over 3,000 responses to this website alone, the consultation period is so far living up to its name. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed so far, and urge you to encourage others to do the same. Among the responses, the issue of benefits is the one getting the most attention. As we say in Shaping the Future of Care Together, we think there is a case for bringing some disability benefits and the new social care system together into a single system. We are considering the role of disability benefits in the context of the overall system of disability-related support, and see this as a potentially better way of providing support through the new National Care Service. The Big Care Debate is a consultation about options for long-term reform, and it is vital that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to this important public debate. We will only make any changes to disability benefits if we know that by doing so we can better support the needs of older and disabled people. Whatever changes are made, we want to ensure that people receiving any of the relevant benefits at the time of reform would continue to receive an equivalent level of support and protection, under a new and better care and support system. Our aim is to create a National Care Service that is fair, simple and affordable for all – one that ensures that everyone...