The government has reformed the eligibility criteria of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). This means that potentially, more parents whose children have disabilities, or debilitating illnesses like cancer, will be able to access the Motability Scheme.
The Motability Scheme enables people to get mobile by exchanging their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
Previously parents whose children were eligible for DLA had to wait until their child was three before applying for the scheme.
But yesterday Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, announced that she is in discussions with Motability and the Family Fund about extending Motability to under-threes.
The move comes after a successful campaign from charity Together for Short Lives, which has been urging the Department of Work and Pensions to overturn the ‘baby benefit bar’.
Responding to the move, Clare Laxton, Assistant Director, Policy and Influencing at CLIC Sargent, said:
“CLIC Sargent would like to congratulate Together for Short Lives on its successful campaign, and welcome this important change to Disability Living Allowance.
“It is now crucial that all frontline workers at the Department of Work and Pensions understand how the eligibility criteria has changed, so that they are able to fully advise families in need about all the support that is available to them.
“We hope that this change means that more families of children with cancer will be able to access the support they need.”
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