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DLA mobility is still needed in residential care

In the comprehensive spending review, the Chancellor announced that the Government would be removing the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people who live in residential care homes.

Disability charities and organisations, such as Mencap, are campaigning against this decision.

We are all very concerned that, as an unintended consequence of this proposal, many people with a learning disability will no longer be able to afford to go out to meet their friends and families, take part in social activities and engage with their communities.

I believe the Government has misunderstood how disabled people use this important benefit.

Without this vital lifeline, many disabled people in residential care will lose much of their independence.

Carmel Malone

Newry

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