The Community Action Party is opposed to the abolition of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). The government intend to do the following despite less than 0.5% of DLA being fraudulently claimed :-
1) Abolish Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and replace it with Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
2) The government are paying ATOS hundreds of millions of pounds to assess everyone on DLA for PIP and its widely recognised that this is just an exercise to slash welfare for the most vulnerable in society.
3) Under a new system no payments will be made for life, causing immense distress to those that have dehabilitating and life-long illnesses and disabilities.
The Deputy Leader of the Community Action Party Michael Moulding has submitted a petition to HM Government petitions for consideration which asks the government to oppose PIP and to keep Disability Living Allowance as a successful benefit that has transformed the lives of disabled people in the United Kingdom.
The Community Action Party will be informed within 7 days whether the petition has been accepted and as it is the only petition that specifically opposes the abolition of DLA, we are hoping that from now until next year enough people will sign it to show solidarity with the current successful system and the plight of people living on a daily basis with disabilities and the help they need.
Michael Moulding who for 16 years was employed by the Benefits Agency and formerly the Invalid Carers Allowance Unit now Carers Allowance, who has supported many thousands of carers get the benefits they are entitled to looking after people with disabilities says "I felt so strongly about this that I had to do something. As a result of assessments done by ATOS already through assessments for Employment Support Allowance, people have committed suicide or their health has been affected as a result."
"We now know that the government intends to scrap DLA a benefit that was introduced to help people with disabilities and we believe has been a transformation in improving the quality of life for many people with disabilities. No system is perfect, but we believe this current system than the one the government intends to bring in is a much fairer system and therefore we believe Disability Living Allowance should continue."
Once Michael Moulding receives confirmation that the petition has been accepted we will obviously make this public.
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