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Motion carried with amendment: Disability Living Allowance - Mobility Component

March 12, 2011 9:45 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Eleven conference representatives
Mover: Mike Ward
Summation: Cllr Stephen Cooksey

Conference regrets the recent decision to remove the mobility component of the new Personal Independence Payment (replacing Disability Living Allowance) from people in residential care and from children in residential schools with effect from October 2012.

Conference notes that:

a) The impact of this decision is that approximately 80,000 people are at risk of losing this support and that many of these people will be prevented from enjoying the freedom of movement that is taken for granted by people who are not disabled.

b) The impact of the withdrawal of this benefit will be particularly severe for adults who depend on the Personal Expenses Allowance of £22.30 per week because all their income is taken to pay for their care and that as the PEA has to cover all personal spending including clothes, toiletries and mobile phones, there is normally no spare money to pay for transport.

c) The outcome of the cut for adults is not in accord with the principle of fairness because it affects the poorest recipients and allows those people who pay for their own care to retain the Mobility Component.

d) Children in residential schools may be unable to engage with the wider community or experience the same opportunities to develop independence and life skills as their non-disabled peers and may be prevented from enjoying family visits.

e) These changes may amount to a breach of the UK's obligations under Human Rights Conventions.

Conference therefore:

1. Calls on the Coalition Government to reinstate the Mobility Component or otherwise fund the mobility needs of those who cannot afford to do so themselves.

2. Reminds the Coalition Government of its obligations under Human Rights Conventions namely Article 20 (Personal Mobility) of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31.

3. Re-affirms the party's commitment to the principle of fairness in implementing all cuts.

4. Resolves to campaign for this restriction in Mobility Allowance to be reversed at the earliest possible opportunity.

Federal Conference Comittee has agreed to accept the following drafting changes into the text of the motion:

In line 1, delete: 'regrets the recent decision to remove', and insert: 'is very concerned by the
recent proposals to reduce'.

After line 3 insert:
Conference welcomes the Coalition Government's review of the previously announced intention to
remove the Mobility Component of DLA for people in residential care. Conference notes the work
being undertaken by the Department for Work and Pensions to determine the extent of any overlap
between DLA support and support via Local Authorities for those in residential care, and whether
this justifies reducing or removing the mobility component of this important allowance.

Amendment One
10 conference representatives
Mover: Lord German
Summation: Susan Gaszczak

Delete a) (lines 5-7) and insert:
a) The impact of completely removing or reducing the Mobility Component from people in
residential care would be that up to approximately 80,000 people would be at risk of losing
this support, and that many of these people could be prevented from enjoying the freedom of
movement that is taken for granted by people who are not disabled.
In b) (line 8), delete: 'will', and insert: 'would'.
Delete c) (lines 12-14), and insert:
c) Completely removing or reducing the Mobility Component of DLA for those in residential care
could significantly affect the poorest recipients.
In d) (line 15), delete: 'Children in residential schools may be', and insert: 'Reducing or removing
the DLA Mobility Component may mean that children in residential schools are'.
After d) (line 7), insert:
e) Any government proposal on the Mobility Component of DLA should accord with the principle
of fairness.
Delete 1 (lines 21-22), and insert:
1. Calls on the Coalition Government not to remove the Mobility Component completely and to
ensure sufficient funding for the mobility needs of those who cannot afford to fund their needs
themselves.
After 1 (line 22), insert:
2. Calls on the Coalition Government to ensure that any reductions to the Mobility Component
are based on clear evidence that the cost of that support is provided via other funding
means.
In 4 (line 27), delete: 'for this restriction in Mobility Allowance to be reversed at the earliest
opportunity', and insert: 'against a restriction to mobility support'.

Applicability: Federal.