Marcus Jones MP Opposes #spartacusreport
I wrote to my MP about the Spartacus Report. I sent him a PDF of the report so there was no confusion. I received a reply the same day saying he would contact DWP about the issue and today a letter came through my letterbox. To say its disappointing is an understatement. To say I’m angry is not even close.
“Dear Ms Hardy
RE: Reform of Disability Living Allowance
Thank you for contacting me about the reform of Disability Living Allowance and the ‘Responsible Reform’ report.
I very much believe that the Government should support the most vulnerable in our society and help disabled people lead dignified and fulfilling lives.
However, I think it should be acknowledged that Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is an outdated benefit that has not been reformed since its introduction. The vast majority of people receive this benefit for life without any checks to see if their condition has improved or worsened.
As a result of this, hundreds of millions of pounds have been overpaid while other people have not been getting the support they need. This is why the Government is replacing DLA with the Personal Independence Payment and introducing a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews, to make sure support is going to those who need it most.
With regard to the points raised about the Government’s consultation, I can tell you that the Department for Work & Pensions received over 5,500 responses to the DLA consultation – from both organisations and individuals. The ‘ Responsible Reform’ report looked at a sample of 500 responses from organisations only. In light of this fact, the figures that have been quoted do not match up to the figures that were generated by the consultation itself.
I am assured that the Government continues to work closely with disabled people and disability organisations on the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment and consults them on a range of issues. Indeed as a result of their representations, I am informed that the Government has made significant changes to the assessment criteria and announced that it would not remove DLA from people living in care homes.
Should you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me again.
Marcus Jones MP”
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