DLA (Disability Living Allowance) seems to be a specific target fro the ConDem cutting machine, little to add that has not been said except that Mentalists are goibg to be harder hit than those with a more obvious disability such as blindness or missing limbs. Kaliya Franklin of The Broken of Britain has produced a very clear explanation here: http://benefitscroungingscum.blogspot.com/search/label/disability%20living%20allowance and http://onemonthbeforeheartbreak.blogspot.com/2011/01/welcome.html to learn directly about the effects this will have.
There is of course much misinformation flying around as the UK government and its supporters are performing the sleight of medium that seeks to bracket the disabled with the “undeserving poor”, producing pictures (posed by an actor) of a typical benefit claimant and his Royle Family or Shameless lifestyle. The government, using the fall guys Eric Pickles and Iain Duncan-Smith (never of whom has a chance for higher office), is embarking on what is the dismantling of the UK’s welfare state. The disabled are a soft target as a group, those with a mental disability even softer especially since they are not understood by society as a whole.
The impact on the mentally ill is already being voiced in the blogosphere and major support organisations such as Mind, Rethink and the MDF (Manic Depression Fellowship) are sounding the alarm and assessing the likely impacts on the mentally ill of the redefining and withdrawal of DLA. To the distress of many, the government is embarking on an expensive exercise of fitness for wi work assessments to be conducted by outside (and definitely for profit) companies such as Atos who are using a variety of simplistic mechanisms for declaring people to be fit for limited work and removing or reducing benefit accordingly. The only recourse for those impacted is of course to appeal, appeal and appeal. Perhaps I am being a little cynical but it’s difficult not to wonder if the ultimate goal is not to remove the mentally ill from the books completely and to wonder whether the government actuaries are already including an increase in the suicide rate in their calculations. Long time ago now but Margaret Thatcher was apparently discomfited by the fact that successive mild winters in the eighties meant that the benefit bill was unexpectedly high as not as many old people had died as predicted.