Plaid conference

Plaid conference Leanne Wood Plaid conference has voted against the UK government’s plans to cut the incomes of some of the most vulnerable. I moved this motion, which was passed by conference: “Conference supports the retention of Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance as benefits which allow disabled persons to retain financial independence and notes with concern proposals contained in the UK Government’s recent Green Paper “Shaping the Future of Care Together”, to abolish Attendance...

Campaigners say no to green paper’s proposal for attendance allowance

However, in the weeks that followed the green paper’s publication, a groundswell of dissent began to form. On blogs and message boards, campaigners and service users expressed fears that unless the proposals were vigorously resisted, it would offer a green light to the next government, whatever its complexion, to declare open season on AA and similar benefits such as disability living allowance. Read the link below for full article Community...

Federation of Disabled people

Federation Greens join battle over DLA and AA Disabled Green Party activists are joining the fight to prevent the government scrapping disability living allowance (DLA) and attendance allowance (AA). Following a fringe meeting of the party’s trade union group, members agreed to submit a defence of the two key disability benefits as part of a response to the care and support green paper. It came as the Disability Charities Consortium, which includes Mind, RADAR, Scope and Mencap, launched a petition on the Prime Minister’s website, calling on the government to protect DLA and AA in any future social care reforms. Joseph Healy, the Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Vauxhall, who receives DLA himself, said there was real concern in the party about the possible threat to “integrate” money allocated for AA and DLA (or at least its care component) into council funds to help pay for means-tested care services. Healy, who is also treasurer of the trade union group, said DLA was “one of the most progressive disability benefits”, and added: “Once benefits are given to local councils they tend to use the revenue to shore up other services. “The danger in the current climate of cuts and national debt is it has become the consensus among the main parties that nothing can be ruled out.” But he said the government may feel that scrapping DLA and AA would be “too politically sensitive this close to an election”. Alan Wheatley, the party’s disability spokesman, said such a move would “strip the individual of autonomy”, and added: “To remove AA and DLA would be catastrophic because so many claimants...