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UK: Legal action threatened over cuts to disability benefit

Posted 09/7-11 at 21.10

The Disability Alliance (DA), a disability charity, has threatened to take legal action against the government over plans to cut Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

A survey by DA found that half of employed DLA claimants may have to give up work if they are deemed ineligible for the benefit, while nearly one in ten said losing DLA would make life not worth living.

Disability Alliance has issued a warning letter to the Department for Work and Pensions, calling on it to demonstrate that it has considered the impact of its proposals on disabled people, as required under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

"We are following the usual processes and are working with disability organisations on DLA reforms, including with the design of the assessment," said a DWP spokesperson. "It is premature to talk about a judicial review as the regulations do not go through until 2012."

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2011/07/02/117113/government-threatened-with-legal-action-over-dla-cuts.htm

 

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