Duncan welcomes Government decision to protect mobility component

Duncan has welcomed the announcement by the Disabilities Minister, Maria Miller MP, that the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will not be removed from people living in residential care homes.

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Since the announcement in the Spending Review 2010 that the mobility component of DLA would be withdrawn from people in residential care homes after 28 days, Duncan has continued to press Government ministers, on behalf of his constituents, to think again about the proposals.

In February, he presented a petition organised by Chippenham Gateway Club objecting to the proposals and later put it to the Prime Minister that the comparison made between care homes and hospitals when discussing changes to DLA is not valid.

While Duncan welcomed the Government’s decision in October not to withdraw the mobility component of DLA from those in residential care homes, he has consistently asked further questions of ministers in the House of Commons and in private meetings to ensure that this also applies to the new Personal Independence Payment, which is set to replace DLA from 2012.

In Thursday’s written statement, the Minister announced that the Government will now table an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill to remove the provision which allows for the withdrawal of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment from those living in residential care homes.

Duncan said:

“I am delighted that the Government has listened to the concerns that I have raised on behalf of my constituents and that it has now made the decision to retain the mobility component, not only of DLA, but also of the Personal Independence Payment.

“It is right that we support people living with disabilities in our communities, such as the members of the Chippenham Gateway Club in my constituency, in leading independent daily lives.”