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.


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3 Responses to DLA

  1. John Blackburn says:

    Agree heartily with all of this, but must (for once) say (to all those who couldn’t be bothered to get off their arses and vote) that you get the government you elect (or don’t). Every child knows what the Toff’s party stand for, so WHY WHY WHY do the buggers keep on getting elected every few years? Plato said that democracy was one of the worst forms of government, and he was right…….Dear God, rule by the terminally dim….

    • warriet says:

      and more recently Churchill said “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” (from a House of Commons speech on Nov. 11, 1947)

  2. warriet says:

    from http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/

    Secrecy still surrounds new ESA medical test and form

    19 January 2011

    The DWP have repeatedly refused Freedom of Information requests to release copies of the new ESA50 form which claimants will have to complete from March 2011, adding to the uncertainty about what medical test incapacity benefit (IB) claimants will actually have to undertake when transferred from IB to employment and support allowance (ESA).

    Benefits and Work first requested a copy of the new form before Christmas, but we were informed that it had not yet been created, so could not be disclosed. Our latest request has also been refused, with the DWP now claiming that it is exempt from disclosure under section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act, which covers documents that are to be published in the future.

    The DWP say that the new version of the form will not be available until 14th March, on which date it will also be available to download from the Directgov website. This contradicts previous DWP claims that they would begin sending out the new form in mid-February.

    It also means that no-one outside the DWP and its closest allies yet knows for certain whether the extremely harsh new work capability assessment, created under new labour and adopted by the coalition, will be introduced in time for the start of the IB to ESA transfer.

    Regulations for the revised work capability assessment were referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee in July 2010. The committee subsequently sent its response, which Benefits and Work understands was highly critical of the changes, to the DWP. In ordinary circumstances the DWP would long since have published the report and stated whether it accepted any of it or – more likely – was simply going to ignore it.

    However, with the regulations due to come into force on 28 March, there has still been no publication by the DWP. There have been statements from ministers, most recently in response to the Harrington report, that they intended to go ahead with the changes. But to leave the report and final regulations unpublished at this late stage is highly unusual. It adds to the uncertainty felt by claimants and leaves advisors unable to prepare for potentially radical changes to the assessment system.

    Which no doubt suits the current administration very well indeed.

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