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Carers hit hard by ‘bedroom tax’

Dominic Schneider reports on new Carers UK research showing how carers have been hit hard by the ‘bedroom tax’ cuts to housing benefit.   Carers have been hit hard by the ‘bedroom tax’ cuts to housing benefit, with some being pushed towards debt, rent arrears and possible eviction. Research out last week by Carers UK […]

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‘Attendance allowance must be reformed…but not means-tested’

A few years ago the future of attendance allowance – the benefit paid to disabled adults aged over 65 – was up for grabs, after Labour mooted fully integrating it into the social care system. The upshot would have been increased eligibility criteria and means-testing of a benefit that is paid to rich and poor […]

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‘Anti-cuts groups risk undermining social model of disability’

Technological and social progress mean the government is right to look at reducing benefits and support for disabled people and campaigns against cuts risk undermining inclusion, argues disability issues consultant, trainer and activist Simon Stevens. It appears to be currently extremely fashionable to be against the welfare reforms and cuts. I must make it very […]

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DLA cuts set to cost government in welfare and care bills

User-led charity Disability Rights UK has done an interesting analysis of government plans for 500,000 people to lose access to disability living allowance by 2015-16, which finds it leading to significant extra costs in out-of-work benefits, social care and health.This is because DLA recipients who are in work will find it harder to stay in […]

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Independent living requires personalisation and decent benefits

What does a fair society look like? Well, the Campaign for a Fair Society has issued an eight-point manifesto today setting out its view. Social care would be free at the point of delivery, disabled people would be freed from institutionalisation and everyone would be guaranteed a reasonable minimum income through benefits.The campaign was launched […]

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Users and social workers must come together in time of cuts

In this guest blog, social worker Dan Morton says practitioners and service users must come together to campaign for social justice in social care.As social care budgets become ever tighter, while levels of need remains, what room is there for people who use these services and their carers to be involved in the decisions being […]

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Disabled face hostile climate in wake of benefits assault

Charities are warning that disabled people are facing abuse on the streets and accused of faking their conditions due to the government’s cuts to benefits for the group, reports The Guardian.Some are declining to use disabled parking bays lest they accused of not being worthwhile recipients of support for their impairment, with people with less […]

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Bid to halt DLA cut falls short but campaigners claim victory

Sixteen votes. That’s all it took for the government’s reforms to disability living allowance – which will see 500,000 people lose out on the benefit – to stay on track. However, campaigners say they have won significant concessions from government.An amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill lodged by athlete and crossbench peer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson […]

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Charities urge halt to disability living allowance cuts

The ongoing battle over the government’s cuts to (or reform of) disability living allowance is reaching crisis point.Today, as the House of Lords prepares to debate the proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill, 16 charities have written a letter pressing the government to call a halt to the bill and subject its plans to replace […]

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Lords overturns disability benefit cuts but government vows to reinstate them

Disability groups were celebrating last night after the House of Lords amended the Welfare Reform Bill to protect some disabled and sick claimants of employment and support allowance from cuts.Government plans to limit ESA to one year for people with some prospect of work and with some savings or a partner in work were scrapped […]

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