PLAID WELCOME U-TURN ON DLA MOBILITY RULES

SUCCESS FOR CARMARTHENSHIRE CAMPAIGNERS AS UK GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS

Carmarthenshire MP Jonathan Edwards has welcomed the UK Government’s u-turn on the removal of mobility component Disability Living Allowance in residential care.

The UK Government had planned to scrap the £51 per week payments to those living in residential care but today admitted that there was insufficient evidence to support their arguments that there was a funding overlap and that claimants were getting money from two sources for the same purpose.

Mr. Edwards said that he had been contacted by scores of constituents and their families concerned about the removal of the mobility allowance which prompted Plaid Cymru to host a debate on the issue in Westminster earlier this year. Arguments against the UK Government’s proposed changes were presented and 79 Members of Parliament supported an Early Day Motion laid by Plaid Cymru MP, Hywel Williams, in January of this year.

The Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East & Dinefwr said:

“This is without doubt a victory for all campaigners on this issue who showed the unfairness and negative effects that these changes would have.

“The very purpose of DLA is to assist those who incur addition expenses as a result of a disability. This could be paying to taxis to hospital appointments, to go shopping, or even just to go out and take part in community life. It helps some of the most vulnerable in our society to live independent lives.

“Removing this benefit may have resulted in people being stuck in their residential care homes unable to go out.

“I had been contacted by scores of constituents and their families who were concerned by the proposal to remove mobility entitlement. Given the number of constituents who had contacted me and fellow Plaid Cymru MPs, my party hosted a debate in Westminster to make the case against the proposals.

“I’m thrilled the UK Government has listened to our arguments and that common sense has prevailed.

“This U-turn shows that the people of Carmarthenshire cannot be taken for granted and Plaid Cymru will always stand up for our communities”.

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