Lord Low has completed and published his independent review of government plans to cut mobility support for disabled people living in residential care homes.
Details of the report can be found at http://lowreview.org.uk . The Low Review, launched in July 2011, has received over 800 submissions from individuals, local authorities and providers, and held six oral evidence sessions.
The Review‘s remit was to produce an independent report focusing on:
The 2010 Spending Review included plans to end payment of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), soon tobecome Personal Independence Payment (PIP), to disabled people living in residential care. The Welfare Reform Bill, currently before parliament, contains the power to end these payments.
Many disabled people and disability charities, including Livability, have expressed widespread concern about the negative impact the removal would have.
The main findings of the review include:
The review also contains a series of recommendations and concludes that as Personal Independence Payment is introduced, disabled people living in residential care should be eligible to receive the mobility component on the same basis as disabled people receiving care in their own home.