The Welfare Reform Bill includes plans to replace Disability Living Allowance with the new Personal Independence Payment, and remove the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment from people living in residential care.
The mobility component ensures that people can engage in their local community, meet family and friends or visit the shops. Without it, a two tier system would emerge, where disabled people living in residential care were left without the support offered to others.
Due to pressure from campaigners the Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller, announced that she was reviewing the removal of this benefit. Unfortunately it became clear that this was an internal review closed to public engagement.
Leonard Cheshire Disability and Mencap therefore asked Lord Low to conduct a public, independent review into the personal mobility needs of people living in residential care and how these are met and funded. The Low Review has published a call for evidence which will run until 10th October and which anyone can respond to. Take this opportunity to have your say www.lowreview.org.