Don Foster MP


Don Foster fights for mobility component of DLA for people in care homes

November 16, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster has met with Steve Webb MP to urge him to keep the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for those in care homes. Working closely with Bath MENCAP and local residents affected by the issue, Don Foster has fought to ensure it is not scrapped. Foster was the first MP to raise the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions in January 2011.

Don Foster has welcomed the conclusions of Lord Low’s independent review that states DLA mobility is essential to meeting the personal mobility needs of care home residents. It provides disabled people with choice and control over how their mobility needs are met. The report also stated that there is no overlap between the support provided by DLA mobility and that offered by local authorities. Don Foster has argued that this provides evidence for keeping the mobility component of the DLA for those in residential care homes.

Commenting Don Foster said, “I have met with the minister concerned urging him to not cut the mobility component of the DLA for those in care homes. Ending payment of the mobility component to people living in residential care would deny people control over their own lives and undermine the government’s own commitment to greater personalisation in the support provided to disabled people”.