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Disabled to lose benefits

22nd October 2012

A campaign by a coalition of disabled people's groups has found 80% of disabled people believe that losing their disability living allowance (DLA) will push them into isolation.

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The Hardest Hit campaign, which surveyed 4,500 disabled people in the UK, showed that 90% of respondents thought losing their DLA would have a negative impact on their health. 

The government is planning to replace the DLA with the personal independence payment in 2013.

David Cameron said in Prime Minister's Questions last week that paying less disabled people a lower amount than "severely disabled" children showed "the right values and the right approach".

However a report by the Hardest Hit campaign, called the Tipping Point,  claimed that around half a million people would lose "vital support" when the DLA was replaced.

"Disabled people and their families are struggling to make ends meet and feel increasingly nervous about the future," the report said.

The report found 65% of disabled people who worked said they would not be able to carry on if their DLA was stopped and 30% said they would not be able to afford to pay their carer. 

Jaspal Dhani, chief executive of the UK Disabled People's Council and co-chair of the Hardest Hit campaign, said: "Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are already at risk of hardship and face massive barriers to getting into work and education."

"Cuts to the support they depend upon risk pushing them into poverty, debt and isolation."

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Article Information

Title: Disabled to lose benefits
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22997
Date Added: 22nd Oct 2012

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