Capability welcomes the results of the Low Review
3 November 2011
Today saw the launch of Lord Low's independent review of the proposed removal of the mobility component of disability benefits from disabled people living in state-funded residential care.
The proposal forms part of the Welfare Reform Bill, which sets
out the UK Government's plans to replace Disability Living
Allowance with Personal Independence Payment.
The Low Review was launched in July 2011 as an open and
independent call for evidence, to complement the Government's own
internal review into the proposed changes. Over the 12 week
consultation period, the Low Review received over 800 submissions
from individuals, disabled people's organisations, disability
charities, residential care providers and local authorities.
Earlier this year Capability, in partnership
with Blackwood Housing, commissioned a piece of research from the
Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research to examine the impact
that the proposal would have on the lives of disabled people living
in residential care. We submitted the report, entitled 'How
am I going to put flowers on my dad's grave?' to the Low Review in
order to ensure that the voices of disabled people in Scotland were
Richard Hamer, Director of External Affairs
"Capability welcomes the report of the Low
Review and the recommendation that disabled people living in
state-funded residential care should be eligible to receive the
mobility component on the same basis as disabled people living in
their own home. We are very pleased to see that the review took
into account the evidence we submitted, particularly the specific
reference to our report's findings in relation to access issues
with public transport.
The Government's proposal to remove the mobility component from
people living in residential care is one of the most ill-advised of
all the welfare reform proposals. We hope that the Government
will take on board the recommendations of the Low Review and we
will continue to campaign on welfare reform issues to ensure that
the UK and Scottish Governments take heed of the potential impact
of the Welfare Reform Bill on the disabled people of Scotland."