Login

  • SU Directory
  • Trading
  • NUS Extra

News

Disabled people once again branded as scroungers

No ratings yet. Log in to rate.

Disabled people once again branded as scroungers

Iain Duncan Smith has provoked fury from disabled people and organisations representing them as he claims huge cuts to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are necessary to rid the system of abuse and fraud.

In an interview with the Telegraph the Work and Pensions Secretary described how the DLA would be cut by 20 per cent (around £2.24 billion annually) and lead to about 500,000 fewer claimants. This will be done by raising the thresholds by which disabled people can claim as well as reassessing all those who currently claim the benefit with a much tougher 'work capability assessment.'

Rupy Kaur, NUS Disabled Students' Officer:

'DLA is a vital benefit which helps people meet the extra costs of mobility and care associated with their impairment. It is often claimed by students and can be important in supporting them throughout their study as well as to live independently'

Furthermore the irresponsible language and policies of Iain Duncan Smith and the Government are adding to the growing perception that disabled people are constantly defrauding the system and are ever-growing burden to the public finances.'

One of the reasons justifying reduction has been the fact that the number of people claiming it had risen by 30 per cent in the past few years and due to what the Work and Pensions Secretary refers to as a ' loosely defined' definition of disability has meant people are abusing the system.

However, the Department for Work and Pensions' own estimates put fraud at 0.5 per cent and therefore this cut is hugely disproportionate to the reality of the situation.

Furthermore the increase in claims in unlikely to be due to fraud but due to other more complex factors. Firstly the benefit was only introduced in 1992 and therefore it stands to reason that there would be an increase in numbers. Furthermore due to the ageing population and more disabled children surviving, both of which of course is a good thing, the number of claimants has consistently risen.

Currently around one-third of disabled people already live in poverty, because of the higher cost of living associated with disability. With local authorities also making cuts to services to vital local services the Government will plunge more disabled people into poverty.

The link below is to the interview in the Telegraph and also includes an online poll so you can vote as to whether or not you agree with Iain Duncan Smith's reform of DLA.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9263453/500000-to-lose-disability-benefit.html

The link below is to the Guardian which provides an analysis of the reforms.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/may/14/disability-living-allowance-reform-analysis

Comments

Please login to comment.

No comments have been made.
 
Some features of this site - including article viewing - require javascript enabled.
You must be logged in to view this article - Login now

Share

Latest in campaigns

NUS Wales Liberation Conferences: The proposed policies

Read the proposed policies for NUS Wales liberation campaigns. All conferences will be held between 28 April and 2 May.

 
Ymgyrchoedd rhyddhad UCM Cymru: y polisïau a gynigiwyd

Darllenwch y polisïau a gynigiwyd ar gyfer ymgyrchoedd rhyddhad UCM Cymru. Cynhelir pob cynhadledd rhwng 28 Ebrill ac 2 Mai.

 
Northern Ireland Assembly to debate equal marriage

NUS-USI has joined forces with The Rainbow Project NI and together we want to see as much action to happen as possible across the country so our MLAs know that everyone understands the real value of equal marriage for all: true commitment to LGBT people’s equal rights and a move forward in ensuring that LGBT are accepted and valued in society.

The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate Equal marriage on 29th April 2014. This is the third Equal Marriage motion to be debated in the Assembly wi

 
Shortlist announced for NUS Scotland Women’s Awards 2014

On Saturday 26 April, NUS Scotland will host the second ever NUS Scotland Women’s Awards.

 
Labour plans to scrap AS and A-level 'de-coupling' if they take power in 2015

Tristram Hunt, shadow Education Secretary, has announced that if the Labour Party win next year’s General Election they will not continue with the current Government’s decision to ‘de-couple’ AS and A-level qualifications.

 
Coventry Universities SU says no to the unfair changes to the Immigration Bill

Patrick Agholor tells us about Coventry Universities Students Union embarking on a one-day campaign against the unfair proposal to change the Immigration Bill, which would have an adverse effect on international students in the UK.

 
 

Latest news

DSA cuts - save the date for a national constituency-based lobby of MPs

Government have recently announced proposals to slash the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) - removing a vital means of support for so many disabled students.

We will be holding a national constituency-based lobby of MPs on Friday 6 June to say no to this swingeing cut. Save the date and join us then!

 
Joe Vinson has been re-elected vice president for further education of NUS

National Conference 2014 in Liverpool votes for Joe Vinson.

 
Colum McGuire has been re-elected vice president for welfare of NUS.

National Conference 2014 vote sees Colum McGuire re-elected in Liverpool.

 
Megan Dunn elected vice president for higher education of NUS

Megan Dunn wins close election at National Conference 2014 in Liverpool

 
Piers Telemacque elected as NUS vice president of society and citizenship

National Conference 2014 chooses Piers Telemacque in election in Liverpool

 
Raechel Mattey re-elected as NUS vice president of union development

Delegates at National Conference 2014 in Liverpool vote for Raechel Mattey to retain post.

 
 

Most Read

Trending/Most Shared articles

 

Recent Comments