It's quite away down on this link but essentially they are intending to do away with having a medium rate for care. This will mean there will be only 2 bands - one at approx £75, and one at £25. For those of us on MR this could have big implications. (My personal suspicion is that many on medium should really be getting higher rate currently but are just too tired to fight)
One thought that occured to me straight away was that lone parents of kids who don't qualify for the new higher rate would be required to sign on and seek work, or lose benefit. They would also have to take part in work focused training as and when required by the job centre.
Even for those who won't risk those dire straights what about all the additional things that make life easier for current medium rate claimants from disabled loo keys and the right to ask for a quiet waiting space at coach stations.
It's still to make it through the Lords but I'm a firm believer in forewarned is forearmed. I do hope disability campaigners make headway with the coalition's plans but thought peeps might appreciate the heads up so they can start planning the lifestyle adjustments needed in case it does go through.
I think Ben10 it means that those of us currently receiving middle rate will not see an immediate drop in our income. All new claimants will and I suspect as we are all subject to re-applying at various times that these might count as new claims (not certain of this though).
<starts to write yet another letter to MP asking another question>
Mine runs out next March Ben10. Am expecting the renewal pack within the next few months. I did the first one on my own but am going to ask for support to do the renewal as I just don't trust the system to be fair anymore.
Electra they are looking at children's DLA but the drop will cone from the tax credit premium you get if your child receives DLA. For me it makes all the difference as I can meet DS's needs while working part time instead of working full time. DS has definitely benefitted from this . New claimants will not receive the same top up. It's expected to halve under the new system and will definitely have an impact on families who have children newly diagnosed.
I think the VERY earliest it will affect anyone IF it goes thru like this is 2014.
I'm not sure there's a true understanding of the current DLA as it stands, by those at the top, especially as the media seems determined to make it sound like a skivers benefit. This whole debate indicates a really poor standard of evidence based research has gone into these proposals as they stand imho.
Do add your names to any petitions doing the rounds, email your MP etc now though as the whole thing just seems so badly thought through - especially if you combine it with the changes to education provision, legal aid etc.