Thursday, 26 June 2014

DWP telling severely disabled DLA claimants to reapply is wrong

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I recently met with some constituents whose daughter has cerebral palsy – a condition which unfortunately has no cure and requires round the clock care.

Due to the severity of the condition, she is in receipt of the highest level of Disability Living Allowance – it provides vital support to help her and her family get by and to make the most of this terrible condition.

They were therefore understandably shocked when they received a letter from the DWP telling them that they had to reapply for the allowance – this isn’t a condition which is going to clear up in two years, and sending out reassessment forms to her parents is both insensitive and a poor use of time and money.

I therefore have written to the Department for Work and Pensions to raise this matter – clearly we need to move towards a disability benefits system which actually reflects the condition of the recipient and treats them as an individual.