DPAC are learning that a rising number of disabled people are losing their entitlement to DLA and are being refused DLA. This is before the coalitions promised cut of 20% of DLA cases and before the change from DLA to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). At the DPAC conference many suggested that DPAC used more personal stories in lobbying.
We are asking for your personal stories on DLA and on DLA reassessments.
DLA was originally set up to pay for the extra costs of being disabled in society of barriers for disabled people-these barriers still exist. DLA is a social model focused payment which originally recognised the extra costs of being disabled, although the test has always been based on the medical model.
The extra costs of disability come from the barriers that people face or the adaptations they might need because of their impairment or long term illness. For example needing your own, or a form of accessible transport, extra costs of attending hospital appointments, needing aids to overcome barriers caused by the design of certain products, aids to get around, needing to spend more on shoes because of mobility, needing a special diet, needing someone to help you stay safe and so on.
Please write to your MPs with your stories and copy DPAC in to your emails
We are asking you to send:
Your personal stories, your experiences of being refused DLA and what the extra costs of disability, impairment, long term illness are for you
Deadline: 12th January
MPs will be back in parliament on the 12th January and will discuss changes from DLA to PIP on 17th January
The stories that you copy to DPAC will be put together for DPAC lobbying and campaigns: on changes to DLA, on the welfare reform Bill and disability benefits overall. We will post updates on progress on the DPAC web www.dpac.uk.net
DPAC has a wide network but it is only by people spreading the word that we can grow stronger together and work to highlight what is happening to disabled people across the UK together.