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We need DLA mobility part for some under 3's

(102 Posts)
sleepysox Mon 10-Jan-11 20:23:29

The Disability Living Allowance has 2 parts- a care part and a mobility part.

Children have to be over 3 to get the mobility component of the DLA. In a nutshell, this is because a child who can't walk isn't considered to have special needs in the area until they are 3 or above. Up until this point, they could be classed a late developer.

However, children who are under 3 often need special needs buggies due to having low muscle tone etc and needing lots of support for their bodies. These buggies are huuge and don't fit in the boot of an average size car and the mobility component can provide a car in some instances.

So I'm asking for your support to ask the government to look into each case individually, like they do with the blue badge scheme, so that children who need a special needs buggy early can also claim mobility.

In my case, DS has a sn buggy because he has low muscle tone amongst other things (he has a rare brain condition and associated conditions), he's 15 months old. We got given the smallest, lightest sn buggy on the market, and it doesn't fit into the boot of our average sized family car. Not to sound overly dramatic, but we have no way of transporting the pushchair around, as it doesn't fit in our boot, and can't go onto the back seat due to 2 carseats being there. It doesn't fit in our roof box either.

So, I feel there's sometimes situations where people with disabled kids under the age of 3 require the mobility component of the DLA.

Mumsnet have said they'll back this campaign if we get enough responses, so please consider giving your support and responding to this thread.

Even if your child doesn't have additional needs, please consider the points I've made.

Thank you for your support.

LisaNStu Thu 21-Jun-12 11:55:50

I understand this is a long time ago now but has there been a breakthrough with this,

Life would be made much more easy only if this change was made i have so many things we have to carry constantly with us for billy and is just not possible without this extra care...sad

sleepysox Thu 27-Jan-11 21:08:55

This thread is looking much more healthy now. Thank you so much

mommmmyof2 Thu 27-Jan-11 20:19:15

I will too grin

threefeethighandrising Thu 27-Jan-11 20:17:54

Adding my support too.

elizadoestoomuch Thu 27-Jan-11 19:11:33

Adding my support.

sleepysox Thu 27-Jan-11 18:42:20

THank you

methodsandmaterials Thu 27-Jan-11 18:38:39

Adding my support.

reinitindear Thu 27-Jan-11 18:31:13

You have my support.

sleepysox Thu 27-Jan-11 18:29:24


SparkleRainbow Thu 27-Jan-11 09:23:47

You have my support smile

moosemama Wed 26-Jan-11 21:57:39

Adding my support.

beachholiday Wed 26-Jan-11 21:54:04

Definately support this. Bump.

sleepysox Wed 26-Jan-11 19:43:38

Heh Sapphire.
I've just posted in chat- using one of your tag lines! Hopefully we can get this thing going again.

sapphire87 Mon 24-Jan-11 10:14:04

Hi sleepy!
Please don't let this thread dribble to a close - even if, g-d forbid DLA is abolished, whatever new system is put in its place MUST include an mobility component for under threes.

Some thoughts for campaign taglines:

Toddlers with Tanks
Let's get a move on
Would my buggy fit into your car?

sleepysox Thu 20-Jan-11 19:25:25

Got a reply from my MP saying he's raising the issue with Ian Duncan Smith- Secrretary of State for DEpt of Work and pensions.

If you all write to your mps, then they will know we mean business!

sleepysox Wed 19-Jan-11 19:54:29

Sapphire- how are you today?

sleepysox Wed 19-Jan-11 19:51:56

THanks Swampster DS2 sends big dribbly hugs back.

swampster Wed 19-Jan-11 19:49:22

I back your campaign 100% sleepysox. Big hugs from my DS3 to your DS2.

sapphire87 Wed 19-Jan-11 15:41:26


sleepysox Mon 17-Jan-11 21:19:05

Thanks Rowan.

Thanks tallwivglasses. I've filled out mencap's online form thing.

I'm pming you now re the other links

tallwivglasses Mon 17-Jan-11 20:47:54

a useful mencap link

And a wee bump!

sapphire87 Mon 17-Jan-11 17:28:34

<little jig> tysm rowan!

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Jan-11 16:31:42

Hello all - sorry for the delayed response. As I said on the DLA thread, we're talking to our partner organisations about this and hope to have something concrete to say soon. We are keeping an eye on it, promise!

Thanks for bringing it to our attention.


sapphire87 Mon 17-Jan-11 15:32:32


Ladies (and daddies) - please email in to Rowan asking for MN to back this campaign.

Together, we will prevail!

sleepysox Mon 17-Jan-11 15:06:42

MN- any chance you'll agree to take on our campaign too?

You did say you'd look into if if there was enough support, and there seems to be imo.

Come on MN.

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