Steve backs The Hardest Hit Campaign as 75% fear losing benefits under new rules(November 14, 2012)
On Friday 9th November, a group of disabled people from Liverpool met with Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram to talk about cuts to disability support as part of The Hardest Hit campaign.
David Shelton, from Liverpool, is 64 years old and is blind and an insulin-dependent diabetic. David currently receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and uses it to pay for taxis to visit family and take part in social activities such as bowling, as using public transport is not always accessible to him. He also uses it to pay for someone to help with housework, to purchase adapted household equipment and to pay for a companion when shopping as David has previously been refused assistance in shops. David also uses his DLA to travel to Blackburn where he takes part in blind shooting and hopes one day to be a member of the national team. Under new rules, from April 2013, DLA will be replaced with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with tighter eligibility criteria. David is worried that he may lose some of his benefit. "My DLA allows me to be part of the community and take part in everyday life. Without it, I would be a prisoner in my own home."
Steve added "I was shocked to hear the concerns of the group and how the changes under the current Government will affect them, particularly the replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payments (PIPs). These people are among the most vulnerable in our society and the Government should be doing their very best to ensure they receive the proper help and support they deserve. Instead they are making drastic cuts which are too quick and too large and will total £8.6billion over this Parliament."