Budget announces DLA reform
Guardian | Comment is free | Anne Wollenberg | 23 June 2010
Disability allowance exists for a reason
“The disability living allowance is not an unemployment benefit. Why target it to ‘reduce dependency and promote work’?”
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Action for M.E. | 22 June 2010
Today’s budget announces DLA reform
Chancellor George Osborne’s first Budget has set out a five-year plan for the British economy.
Plans for spending reductions of £32 billion per year by 2014-15 include £11 billion of welfare reform savings, a two year freeze in public sector pay for those earning over £21,000 a year and an increase in the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 20 per cent.
As part of the welfare reform measures, which will affect tax credits, housing benefit and disability benefits, the Treasury says: “The Government will reform the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to ensure support is targeted on those with the highest medical need. The Government will introduce the use of objective medical assessments for all DLA claimants from 2013-14 to ensure payments are only made for as long as a claimant needs them.”
Action for M.E. will be responding to the budget shortly, so tell us: how will it impact on you, as a person with M.E. or their carer?
E-mail our Policy Officer, Tristana Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or our InterAction team at email@example.com with your views.