Disability Living Allowance to be replaced with new benefit 4 April 2011
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is to be replaced by a Personal Independence Payment, which the government describes as a non-means tested cash benefit aimed at making disabled people more independent. This would include regular support assessments.
Committee announces inquiry into benefits reform 17 March 2011
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is examining the change from Incapacity Benefit (IB) to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), including the Work Capability Assessment. Existing Incapacity Benefit claimants are currently being reassessed under the Work Capability Assessment.
Disabled people’s protest to take place in May 17 March 2011
There will be a disabled people’s protest against cuts on 11 May 2011 outside parliament. A new website The Hardest Hit has been created for disabled people to post pictures and videos regarding cuts to disability benefits.
Response to government proposals on NHS reform March 2011
In response to government proposals for NHS reform, MPs have suggested that the decision makers should include nurses, hospital doctors, public health experts, GPs and local communities.
The King’s Fund, a medical research charity, would also like to see a single system to integrate NHS and social care services. The charity says this would generate better care and outcomes for patients and service users.
Young people to have say on public spending 3 March 2011
The Commons Education Committee and online forum the Student Room want to hear young people's (13-25 years) views on the budget, including spending on volunteer and out of school programmes. The committee will also examine data on the cost-effectiveness and impact of services and the commissioning of youth services by local authorities, drawing on evidence from a panel of academics.
Families with disabled children now have a legal right to breaks from caring 1 April 2011
As of the 1 April local authorities now have the duty to give families with disabled children a break from care. Supporters of the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign describe this as a "victory" for families but warns that many may still be affected by local cuts.
Delay to Disability Living Allowance reforms for under 16s confirmed 4 April 2011
The government has confirmed that reforms to Disability Living Allowance will not be extended to under 16s without public consultation and parliamentary scrutiny. To ensure that the needs of children with long-term health conditions are properly considered the government recognises that a specific assessment should be developed.
New funding will help disabled people become MPs 16 Feb 2011
The government has announced that disabled people wishing to become councillors or MPs will have access to a new £1 million fund. In addition, a mentoring and training programme will put aspiring politicians in touch with those who have already made it to the top.