DLA Car Allowance

I think they should still give car to people but make them pay for insurnce and road tax for the thing.

 

Stops all the freeloaders jumping on teh band wagon then

Why is this idea important?

I think they should still give car to people but make them pay for insurnce and road tax for the thing.

 

Stops all the freeloaders jumping on teh band wagon then

In assessing DLA and ESA the patients own Drs and Specialists should give the evidence and be believed.

Instead of using non specialists to carry out medical examinations of applicants for DLA and ESA a persons own specialist/s should give the evidence. This would save money and time and would lessen the distress and embarassment of claimants. It may also make it harder for those who fake the severity of conditions for the purpose of gaining benefits and easier for those with genuine need.

    

Why is this idea important?

Instead of using non specialists to carry out medical examinations of applicants for DLA and ESA a persons own specialist/s should give the evidence. This would save money and time and would lessen the distress and embarassment of claimants. It may also make it harder for those who fake the severity of conditions for the purpose of gaining benefits and easier for those with genuine need.

    

the government should pay for the funerals

and help support the families of all the genuinely disabled people in this country that will and in some cases already have killed themselves over decisions made in their Work Capability Assessments and DLA Medicals and the worry the prospect of losing their DLA is already causing them, like the man in scotland who was found dead next to two letters informing him that he was having all his benefits removed.

its the least Gideon could do

Why is this idea important?

and help support the families of all the genuinely disabled people in this country that will and in some cases already have killed themselves over decisions made in their Work Capability Assessments and DLA Medicals and the worry the prospect of losing their DLA is already causing them, like the man in scotland who was found dead next to two letters informing him that he was having all his benefits removed.

its the least Gideon could do

DLA IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT

As a  GENUINELY disabled person you can get it even if you work, and many GENUINELY DISABLED people who get it do work.

Far from being an out of work benefit DLA HELPS a disabled person to find and stay in work by paying for the costs of getting there (motability, if you get the higher rate mobility componant) and you can also use the care componant towards the cost of any adaptations that would make working easier.

 if you work and get DLA then have a medical which results in a bad decision and lose it, it could mean you cant work and thus end up back on out of work benefits costing the tax payer even more money. lose dla – cant get to work – cant get to work lose job – lose job back on benefits.

Far too many people, on here and on other websites, and certain frontbench members of the coalition government (which is very frightening when one is the head of the DWP, another is chancellor, anothe the minister for disabled people and then the 2 stooges heading the government) do not understand that DLA IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT.

so my suggestion is can we please have it clearly stated by members of government at all times when talking about benefits that disability living allowance is NOT an out of work benefit so that people finally start to get the message.

I am getting sooooo sick of uninformed people stating the same old 'being disabled doesnt mean you cant work, come off DLA and get a job' line, i know i can work, i want to, no one needs to tell me.

IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!

So i'll finish by stating again in great big capital letters (i only wish we had 50 feet high neon fonts on here)

DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT

This is why so many disabled people are worried about these medicals, if we lose DLA,we lose everything, no money, no job, no chances of a decent life.

do we not deserve those things?

seems like a few people on here dont think so, some seem to see the disabled community as the dregs of society, second class citizens, and to quote a certain grumpy git, 'the surplus population'

And i thought we were living in a democracy.

Why is this idea important?

As a  GENUINELY disabled person you can get it even if you work, and many GENUINELY DISABLED people who get it do work.

Far from being an out of work benefit DLA HELPS a disabled person to find and stay in work by paying for the costs of getting there (motability, if you get the higher rate mobility componant) and you can also use the care componant towards the cost of any adaptations that would make working easier.

 if you work and get DLA then have a medical which results in a bad decision and lose it, it could mean you cant work and thus end up back on out of work benefits costing the tax payer even more money. lose dla – cant get to work – cant get to work lose job – lose job back on benefits.

Far too many people, on here and on other websites, and certain frontbench members of the coalition government (which is very frightening when one is the head of the DWP, another is chancellor, anothe the minister for disabled people and then the 2 stooges heading the government) do not understand that DLA IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT.

so my suggestion is can we please have it clearly stated by members of government at all times when talking about benefits that disability living allowance is NOT an out of work benefit so that people finally start to get the message.

I am getting sooooo sick of uninformed people stating the same old 'being disabled doesnt mean you cant work, come off DLA and get a job' line, i know i can work, i want to, no one needs to tell me.

IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!

So i'll finish by stating again in great big capital letters (i only wish we had 50 feet high neon fonts on here)

DISABILITY LIVING ALLOWANCE IS NOT AN OUT OF WORK BENEFIT

This is why so many disabled people are worried about these medicals, if we lose DLA,we lose everything, no money, no job, no chances of a decent life.

do we not deserve those things?

seems like a few people on here dont think so, some seem to see the disabled community as the dregs of society, second class citizens, and to quote a certain grumpy git, 'the surplus population'

And i thought we were living in a democracy.

Requirements for acceptance in Disability Allowance

I am very upset regarding the new ideas you have on deciding, who should be eligible for this allowance!

Having been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, some 8/9 years ago, I was told this illness is regarded as a Disability, which to be honest is an understatement, as anyone with the condition will verify!

Secondly, I was in need of surgery on the cervical spine, discs 6/7 were removed and 2 steel plates inserted, a major operation which has taken me 2 years to recuperate from, plus another on levels 3/4, in 2008!

Whilst I fully appreciate the fact that this disability may be in need of closer inspections, I have had my income reduced greatly, my health has suffered greatly, by the stress I have been put under, because of a vast drop in our income, and I want to know, how am I expected to survive, when i am too ill to work!

Who decides the criteria and I think it needs more experienced people with the actual disabilities to know the pitfalls we face, and what can and cannot be achieved, not just some person on a desk job, playing God!

Why is this idea important?

I am very upset regarding the new ideas you have on deciding, who should be eligible for this allowance!

Having been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, some 8/9 years ago, I was told this illness is regarded as a Disability, which to be honest is an understatement, as anyone with the condition will verify!

Secondly, I was in need of surgery on the cervical spine, discs 6/7 were removed and 2 steel plates inserted, a major operation which has taken me 2 years to recuperate from, plus another on levels 3/4, in 2008!

Whilst I fully appreciate the fact that this disability may be in need of closer inspections, I have had my income reduced greatly, my health has suffered greatly, by the stress I have been put under, because of a vast drop in our income, and I want to know, how am I expected to survive, when i am too ill to work!

Who decides the criteria and I think it needs more experienced people with the actual disabilities to know the pitfalls we face, and what can and cannot be achieved, not just some person on a desk job, playing God!

Dont Re-test higher rate DLA Claimants

Trust me on this, the level of disability you have to have to get a higher rate of either the mobility or care (or both) componant of DLA cannot be faked, Not even if your name is Johnny Depp.

I have Spina Bifida, use a wheelchair and cant walk at all,i get higher rate mobility, and middle rate care, I was born with the condition, i live with it, i will die with it. but guess what,  even i had to fight to get middle rate care, nevermind higher rate mobility (both of which i once lost and had to appeal, got it back within a month)

There is just no way on this earth a 'higher rate' disability can be faked, you might say its easy to fake being in a chair, very true, but it isnt easy to fake the bent spine, twisted hips, small height (35 years old and im about 5 feet tall), pressure sores on the arse, or the affectionately named pigeon legs.

why waste thousands of pounds,or more, doing medicals that are stressful and frightening because we fear losing DLA on people with that level of disability. (i could be years away from one, but im already worrying every day about it, im looking for a job, but if i lose my DLA, if i have a job by then, i would have to quit that job, couldnt get there without DLA, couldnt probably do the job, as DLA would pay for any extra help i need in the workplace, id be housebound, no money, no job, nothing))

I have medical notes that make the collected works of shakespeare (good read by the way) look like a newspaper. and clearly state my condition(s). just look at them, and consult my consultants, GP, Podietrists, district nurses, urologist etc.

money, time, and resources saved, (good for the taxpayer) and no undue stress on the (deserving) claimant.

And do it once, keeping the results on file, so that we are not put under this stress time and time again, trust me (again) conditions like spina bifida do not get better,  only worse,AND CANNOT BE FAKED!!.

Why is this idea important?

Trust me on this, the level of disability you have to have to get a higher rate of either the mobility or care (or both) componant of DLA cannot be faked, Not even if your name is Johnny Depp.

I have Spina Bifida, use a wheelchair and cant walk at all,i get higher rate mobility, and middle rate care, I was born with the condition, i live with it, i will die with it. but guess what,  even i had to fight to get middle rate care, nevermind higher rate mobility (both of which i once lost and had to appeal, got it back within a month)

There is just no way on this earth a 'higher rate' disability can be faked, you might say its easy to fake being in a chair, very true, but it isnt easy to fake the bent spine, twisted hips, small height (35 years old and im about 5 feet tall), pressure sores on the arse, or the affectionately named pigeon legs.

why waste thousands of pounds,or more, doing medicals that are stressful and frightening because we fear losing DLA on people with that level of disability. (i could be years away from one, but im already worrying every day about it, im looking for a job, but if i lose my DLA, if i have a job by then, i would have to quit that job, couldnt get there without DLA, couldnt probably do the job, as DLA would pay for any extra help i need in the workplace, id be housebound, no money, no job, nothing))

I have medical notes that make the collected works of shakespeare (good read by the way) look like a newspaper. and clearly state my condition(s). just look at them, and consult my consultants, GP, Podietrists, district nurses, urologist etc.

money, time, and resources saved, (good for the taxpayer) and no undue stress on the (deserving) claimant.

And do it once, keeping the results on file, so that we are not put under this stress time and time again, trust me (again) conditions like spina bifida do not get better,  only worse,AND CANNOT BE FAKED!!.

Disability Living Allowance – a very real scenario

I get DLA, as i am GENUINELY DISABLED, spina bifida, wheelchair user. I get higher rate mobility componant and the middle rate care componant of DLA.

I am currently unemployed but want to work, But, if i get a job or have to have the DLA medical (which by the way i agree with IF IT IS FAIR) then the following scenario occurring is a very real possibility

If i get a job, the only way i can INDEPENDENTLY (very important) get there is by the use of a motability car, dont give me all that public transport rubbish, it is barely accessible for a wheelchairer, my own car is the only real way. and that car is only available to higher rate mobility claiments like me,lower rate doesnt qualify you.

but, if i get a job and then i have the medical, or a review of my DLA because i got a job and i lose DLA (a very possible outcome with these medicals) or it is lowered to, as i say, lower rate mobility, i would then have to give up the motability car, which means i couldnt get to work, which means i lose my job, which means im back on benefits, paid for by the tax payer and pushing up the national debt again..

and please dont say 'buy a car like the rest of us then' i could never afford to, with the higher cost of living i already have as a disabled person,(wheelchairs and other disability/mobility equipment) a motability car really helps. thats another reason genuine claiments must not lose their DLA, the care componant helps with the cost of equipment and care needs.

I genuinely really want to work, got things i want to do, and a bad decision WILL cause the kind of situation ive used as an example to happen, IT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.

I understand the need for medicals, we do need to weed out the scroungers with the aching backs and sore toes and lazyitis, but if these medicals are done wrong the situation ive outlined above could happen to many thousands of genuine claiments.

You have to make sure it doesnt happen. 

Why is this idea important?

I get DLA, as i am GENUINELY DISABLED, spina bifida, wheelchair user. I get higher rate mobility componant and the middle rate care componant of DLA.

I am currently unemployed but want to work, But, if i get a job or have to have the DLA medical (which by the way i agree with IF IT IS FAIR) then the following scenario occurring is a very real possibility

If i get a job, the only way i can INDEPENDENTLY (very important) get there is by the use of a motability car, dont give me all that public transport rubbish, it is barely accessible for a wheelchairer, my own car is the only real way. and that car is only available to higher rate mobility claiments like me,lower rate doesnt qualify you.

but, if i get a job and then i have the medical, or a review of my DLA because i got a job and i lose DLA (a very possible outcome with these medicals) or it is lowered to, as i say, lower rate mobility, i would then have to give up the motability car, which means i couldnt get to work, which means i lose my job, which means im back on benefits, paid for by the tax payer and pushing up the national debt again..

and please dont say 'buy a car like the rest of us then' i could never afford to, with the higher cost of living i already have as a disabled person,(wheelchairs and other disability/mobility equipment) a motability car really helps. thats another reason genuine claiments must not lose their DLA, the care componant helps with the cost of equipment and care needs.

I genuinely really want to work, got things i want to do, and a bad decision WILL cause the kind of situation ive used as an example to happen, IT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.

I understand the need for medicals, we do need to weed out the scroungers with the aching backs and sore toes and lazyitis, but if these medicals are done wrong the situation ive outlined above could happen to many thousands of genuine claiments.

You have to make sure it doesnt happen. 

DISABILITY BENEFITS: DLA

The new coalition government is wanting to change the policies on welfare benefits, from this year onwards….The conservatives are targeting the vulnerable, including the sick and disabled, to reduce the deficit that sadly the country has gotten into…..I do appreciate that those who are not in geniune need for DLA must be look at – DLA should only be given to those in geniune need….because we know that a good percentage of disabled people either do not work or they only work in part-time jobs…So any money that disabled people can get, the better……

 

I propose the following:

 

  • To have a faired system for those claiming DLA – People with long-term disabilities and chronic illnesses must be understood more properly from medical assessors from the DWP when claiming DLA. The medical asssessor or jobcentre plus staff must train in more detail about health conditions, especially with hidden disabilities such as autism, mental health conditions, fibromyalgia, etc…
  • Allow the mobility car scheme to be more accessible – allow people on low or high rate to use mobility scheme, as there are people on both components that need a car because they cannot go on a bus and taxi's are too expensive – At the moment, the low mobility component only pays claimants £18 per week roughly – this is not enough, because taxi's can cost £18 for one day, so if you need regular transport, then £18 per week is not enough sadly – so lets bring in the mobility scheme, then disabled people like me can live more independant.
  • DLA must go up with VAT/inflation rise – claimants rely on DLA to help them with medical expenses, including: specialist food, clothing, care support, travel expenses and so forth….Obviously things will become more expense so those on benefits will have to spend less, and this will lead to their health being put at risk.
  • DWP must ensure that every claimant is assessed fairly but properly – DLA should not be given to those with preventable health conditions, such as being overweight, addicts, those with just minor conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc….At the end of the day, DLA should be given to those with long-term disabilities or short-term illnesses that are moderate to severe only…..
  • Disabled people with long-term disabilities, such as autism, fibromyalgia, etc…..should not have to keep re-applying every few years unless their condition changes and the claimant needs to inform them.
  • If a disabled person wants to work, allow that person to still have DLA and the same rates they was given – alot of disabled people will probadly still need the same level of support, whether in or out of work.
  • Stop people victimizing those who are on DLA/Incapacity benefits – not everybody on benefits are lazy and scroungers – people do not chose to be disabled….

 

http://www.motability.co.uk/main.cfm

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/DG_10011731

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/messageboards/F3611783?thread=4195918

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/

Why is this idea important?

The new coalition government is wanting to change the policies on welfare benefits, from this year onwards….The conservatives are targeting the vulnerable, including the sick and disabled, to reduce the deficit that sadly the country has gotten into…..I do appreciate that those who are not in geniune need for DLA must be look at – DLA should only be given to those in geniune need….because we know that a good percentage of disabled people either do not work or they only work in part-time jobs…So any money that disabled people can get, the better……

 

I propose the following:

 

  • To have a faired system for those claiming DLA – People with long-term disabilities and chronic illnesses must be understood more properly from medical assessors from the DWP when claiming DLA. The medical asssessor or jobcentre plus staff must train in more detail about health conditions, especially with hidden disabilities such as autism, mental health conditions, fibromyalgia, etc…
  • Allow the mobility car scheme to be more accessible – allow people on low or high rate to use mobility scheme, as there are people on both components that need a car because they cannot go on a bus and taxi's are too expensive – At the moment, the low mobility component only pays claimants £18 per week roughly – this is not enough, because taxi's can cost £18 for one day, so if you need regular transport, then £18 per week is not enough sadly – so lets bring in the mobility scheme, then disabled people like me can live more independant.
  • DLA must go up with VAT/inflation rise – claimants rely on DLA to help them with medical expenses, including: specialist food, clothing, care support, travel expenses and so forth….Obviously things will become more expense so those on benefits will have to spend less, and this will lead to their health being put at risk.
  • DWP must ensure that every claimant is assessed fairly but properly – DLA should not be given to those with preventable health conditions, such as being overweight, addicts, those with just minor conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, etc….At the end of the day, DLA should be given to those with long-term disabilities or short-term illnesses that are moderate to severe only…..
  • Disabled people with long-term disabilities, such as autism, fibromyalgia, etc…..should not have to keep re-applying every few years unless their condition changes and the claimant needs to inform them.
  • If a disabled person wants to work, allow that person to still have DLA and the same rates they was given – alot of disabled people will probadly still need the same level of support, whether in or out of work.
  • Stop people victimizing those who are on DLA/Incapacity benefits – not everybody on benefits are lazy and scroungers – people do not chose to be disabled….

 

http://www.motability.co.uk/main.cfm

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/FinancialSupport/DG_10011731

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/messageboards/F3611783?thread=4195918

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/

need for a change to rules for disability living allowance

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>

Why is this idea important?

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>

Fairness for True Claiments of DLA

Repeal this horrid forcing of the disabled to attend mandatory "medical assessments" to continue receiving DLA benefit which has already been approved by doctors.I myself disabled, and in work, receive DLA to compensate for the extra living expenses that my condiiton inflicts on me, I don't need another doctor, a stranger, a stranger paid to reduce cost, to tell me I'm disabled – I already know that ! So do my family, so do my doctors, who approved the benefit for me in the first place. So many of us disabled receiving DLA are in the same situation, and many vunerable, fearing this assessment, will be unable to cope

They may do harm to themselves, this may kill, cure nothing, help no one.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal this horrid forcing of the disabled to attend mandatory "medical assessments" to continue receiving DLA benefit which has already been approved by doctors.I myself disabled, and in work, receive DLA to compensate for the extra living expenses that my condiiton inflicts on me, I don't need another doctor, a stranger, a stranger paid to reduce cost, to tell me I'm disabled – I already know that ! So do my family, so do my doctors, who approved the benefit for me in the first place. So many of us disabled receiving DLA are in the same situation, and many vunerable, fearing this assessment, will be unable to cope

They may do harm to themselves, this may kill, cure nothing, help no one.

ESA – Medical Exemption

Introduce the exemption rule when a person has a Higher rate DLA award. Specially when a person has DDA status, Chronic/progressive/ debilitating Health conditions,and  if verified by 2 independent Occupational health Doctors under the DDA 1995 [if employed]

Why is this idea important?

Introduce the exemption rule when a person has a Higher rate DLA award. Specially when a person has DDA status, Chronic/progressive/ debilitating Health conditions,and  if verified by 2 independent Occupational health Doctors under the DDA 1995 [if employed]

End humiliating medical tests for genuinely disabled.

Those on HR DLA shouldn't have to be subjected to a battery of further medical tests as part of the current welfare reform proposals.. These people have usually been subject to many tests over the years. Why should 1 doctor's opinion be trusted more than another anyway?
Too often we're bombarded with negative 'scrounger' type stereotypical imagery which has contributed to a recent surge in disabled hate crime.  What you don't get to hear about are the people with very real & disabling conditions (with a poor enough quality of life anyway) subjected to Dr's asking them to urinate in front of them & other such grossly humiliating 'tests'& questions. Enough is enough!
 

Why is this idea important?

Those on HR DLA shouldn't have to be subjected to a battery of further medical tests as part of the current welfare reform proposals.. These people have usually been subject to many tests over the years. Why should 1 doctor's opinion be trusted more than another anyway?
Too often we're bombarded with negative 'scrounger' type stereotypical imagery which has contributed to a recent surge in disabled hate crime.  What you don't get to hear about are the people with very real & disabling conditions (with a poor enough quality of life anyway) subjected to Dr's asking them to urinate in front of them & other such grossly humiliating 'tests'& questions. Enough is enough!