10 January 2012
Action for M.E. supports the call for the Government’s proposed reform of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to be put on hold.
Responsible reform, a report published yesterday by disability activists, made the call after analysing responses obtained through a Freedom of Information request, including one from Mayor of London Boris Johnson, to the Government's own consultation on DLA reform.
Sir Peter Spencer, Chief Executive, Action for M.E., says, "It is clear from this report that the degree of support for moving DLA claimants onto a proposed new benefit, the Personal Independence Payment, is considerably less enthusiastic than the Government would like us to believe.
“Action for M.E. has already called on the Government to suspend Work Capability Assessments for those with fluctuating conditions until it can be established that the assessment criteria that are demonstrably fair.
“We now ask the Government also delay its plans to reform DLA until it can show that it has properly considered the needs of disabled people, including people with M.E.”
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