A report published today finds that Government misled MPs and Peers over the hostility to disability benefit reform. It reveals that Parliament has been given only a partial view of the overwhelming opposition to the Coalition’s planned reforms of a key disability benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The research finds that this opposition was previously not released to public scrutiny by the Government.
The report, Responsible Reform (pdf), was entirely researched, written and funded by disabled people, and coordinated Sue Marsh and Kaliya Franklin of the blogs The Broken of Britain and Diary of a Benefit Scrounger. It is based on the responses to the government’s own consultation on its planned DLA reforms, which were only made public once disabled people requested them under the Freedom of Information Act.
- 98 per cent of respondents objected to the qualifying period for benefits being raised from 3 months to 6 months
- 99 per cent of respondents objected to Disability Living Allowance no longer being used as a qualification for other benefits
- 92% opposed removing the lowest rate of support for disabled people
You can read the full article at the False Economy website.