Responsible reform: a report on the proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance: diary of a benefit scrounger

CAMPBELL S.J., et al
S.J. Campbell et al.
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This report considers the evidence available on Disability Living Alliance (DLA) and the proposals to replace it with a new benefit, Personal Independence Payments (PIP). It is based on an analysis of over 500 responses to the UK government's consultation on its planned DLA reform, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The report is written, researched, funded and supported by sick and disabled people, who came together through social media. It finds that the Government’s response to the DLA consultation presents a highly misleading view of the responses it received. Overall 74% of respondents were against the proposals for PIP, 19% had mixed views, and only 7% supported it fully. The consultation process breached the government’s own code of practice, and, in addition, the Welfare Reform Bill was presented to Parliament 2 days before the consultation ended, meaning that responses could not be taken into account when drafting legislation for PIP. The report finds that evidence does not support a 30% rise in DLA claims as claimed by the Government, and that DLA receipt alone does not stop sick or disabled people from working. It concludes that there is overwhelming opposition to most of the Government’s suggestions for DLA reform, and calls for the Government to pause the reform until it can be reconsidered.

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benefits, consultation, disability living allowance, disabilities, government policy;
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United Kingdom
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