Duncan presented a petition to the House of Commons on Wednesday 9th February on behalf of Chippenham’s disabled care home residents.
The petition, signed by over 130 people who use Chippenham’s Gateway Club, objects to the Government’s proposal to stop paying the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance to disabled adults in residential care. The proposals are currently part of a consultation that ends today.
The Chippenham Gateway Club has in excess of 100 members from Chippenham and the surrounding area. They meet at Hardenhuish School Hall on Wednesday evenings, where around forty unpaid volunteers organise a wide range of social activities for them, as well as day trips throughout the year and sports sessions on Tuesday nights. The club is completely reliant upon fundraising events and charitable donations from various organisations while the club’s members use their mobility allowances to pay for transport to get to the club.
“Volunteers at the Chippenham Gateway Club offer a fantastic service to a number of my constituents and others living in the local area and it would be unacceptable for them to be unable to get to the club to benefit from it.
“I have been asking questions in the House of Commons to the Minister for Disabled People and will be presenting the petition tonight on behalf of my constituents as I believe support for their mobility is essential for them to independently make the most of their daily lives.”