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Foster delighted as fight to keep mobility component of DLA is won

December 2, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster MP has welcomed the Government’s decision 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 proposals to remove the benefit, Don has fought to ensure the payment would not be scrapped. Don was the first MP to raise the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions in January 2011 and has had a series of further meetings with Ministers on the issue.

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

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“I am delighted that the Government has agreed not to 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”

Cllr Simon Allen, B&NES Council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing added:

“This decision brings to an end the fears and concerns many residents of Bath & North East Somerset had about their future mobility needs. This decision promotes independence , the continued personalisation of services and is clearly the right thing.”

Commenting further, David Congdon, Head of Campaigns and Policy at Mencap said:

“This is a vital benefit which will enable recipients to get out into their local community and visit friends and family. This is a great example of the Government listening to and working with disabled people and their organisations. We look forward to continuing this positive engagement in relation to wider reforms to the benefits system.”