Monday 7 March 2011
Petition: Save DLA Mobility Component for people in residential care
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has launched a petition to call on the Government to drop proposals to remove the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Mobility Component for people living in residential care - including children attending residential schools.
DLA Mobility Component helps to meet the higher costs of accessible public transport (where available), or makes you eligible for an adapted vehicle through the Motability scheme.
Without DLA Mobility Component thousands of adults of all ages with severe disabilities who are supported by the state to live in residential care will be unable to retain voluntary employment or simply to visit family and friends. Many families with children attending residential schools will not be able to fund their own adapted vehicle, and as residential schools only provide transport for the start and end of term, with no extra provision for weekends or holidays, disabled children may end up stuck as a prisoners in their own home during school holidays, unable to take part in leisure activities, or even attend essential hospital appointments.
Phillippa Farrant from Eastbourne, whose eighteen-year-old son Daniel has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, said:
I am furious - the Government talks about independent living but then the doors are shut on you. This proposal will mean that we lose our adapted van. Without it my son Dan would be stranded at home or school, isolated from all his friends or family. And what happens for all his hospital appointments - and in an emergency. I can't believe they are going to do this to us.
We need your help to protect this vital benefit for children in residential schools and adults in residential care. Without the DLA Mobility Component, thousands of disabled people will be denied the chance to live full and independent lives.
To find out more about the petition, please get in touch:
020 7803 2853