The way these things work at the moment is clearly an unfair system and it needs to change.
i have a disability (spina bifida, wheelchair user) and am currently looking for a job, in the disability industry/sector, got big things i want to do in it.
I get Disability Living allowance at the higher rate for mobility and the middle rate for care.
obviously DLA is an in work benefit that allows a disabled person to meet the higher cost of living that disabled people face. and we do have a higher cost of living!!. and allows us a chance to live a normal life, in comparison to able bodied people.
But i have just discovered this.
if i get a job my DLA may be reviewed and i could end up getting less in DLA, for example i might be put down to middle rate for mobility.
Now, If im working i will obviously need a way to get to work, I.E. a car, which i would get through the motability scheme but that is only available if you get the higher rate mobility componant, so if i get a job and my DLA gets reviewed and i get put on Middle rate mobility that means i cant get a motability car, and therefore cant get to work and will end up back on benefits costing the tax payer again,
but at least i'll get my higher rate mobility back again!!.
its crazy, the system needs to change, If you have been awarded a certain level of DLA, that is what it should stay at regardless of whether or not you find work..
One other thing, these proposed DLA medicals, Anyone who has had to go through the ESA Medicals knows how unfair they are, the person conducting the medical has no knowledge of and cares not a jot about your disability and its affect on your day to day life, All they are bothered about is collecting their bonus by taking your benefits off you, or declaring you fit for work when you are not.
and the DLA medicals will be just the same, If i lose my DLA, even if im working, i just wont be able to manage, as i said i wont be able to get to work because i cant have a car, i wont be able to meet the cost of extra care needs, I wont have a life.
I, like many disabled people, am worried sick about these medicals, They seriously need to be thought through properly and reviewed and changed so they are fair and the people that genuinely are in need are not refused their money.
one way to ensure this?
DONT PAY THE PEOPLE CONDUCTING THE MEDICALS A BONUS FOR TAKING DLA/ESA OFF PEOPLE OR DECLARING THEM FIT FOR WORK EVEN WHEN THEY ARE NOT. THAT IS NOT A FAIR SYSTEM>