If you would like to take a few moments to feed into the ACT NOW Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Reform Consultation Response please answer the questions below (you do not have to answer all of them) and email your responses to us firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday January 31st.
The consultation can be accessed here http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2010/dla-reform.shtml
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2. Is there anything else about Disability Living Allowance (DLA) that should stay the same?
3. What are the main extra costs that disabled people face?
4. The new benefit will have two rates for each component:
- Will having two rates per component make the benefit easier to understand and administer, while ensuring appropriate levels of support?
- What, if any, disadvantages or problems could having two rates per component cause?
6. How do we prioritise support to those people least able to live full and active lives? Which activities are most essential for everyday life?
7. How can we best ensure that the new assessment appropriately takes account of variable and fluctuating conditions?
8. Should the assessment of a disabled person’s ability take into account any aids and adaptations they use?
- What aids and adaptations should be included?
- Should the assessment only take into account aids and adaptations where the person already has them or should we consider those that the person might be eligible for and can easily obtain?
- How could we make the claim form easier to fill in?
- How can we improve information about the new benefit so that people are clear about what it is for and who is likely to qualify?
11. An important part of the new process is likely to be a face-to-face discussion with a healthcare professional.
- What benefits or difficulties might this bring?
- Are there any circumstances in which it may be inappropriate to require a face-to-face meeting with a healthcare professional – either in an individual’s own home or another location?
- What evidence and/or criteria should be used to set the frequency of reviews?
- Should there be different types of review depending on the needs of the individual and their impairment/condition?
14. What types of advice and information are people applying for Personal Independence Payment likely to need and would it be helpful to provide this as part of the benefit claiming process?
15. Could some form of requirement to access advice and support, where appropriate, help encourage the minority of claimants who might otherwise not take action? If so, what would be the key features of such a system, and what would need to be avoided?
16. How do disabled people currently fund their aids and adaptations? Should there be an option to use Personal Independence Payment to meet a one-off cost?
17. What are the key differences that we should take into account when assessing children?
18. How important or useful has DLA been at getting disabled people access to other services or entitlements? Are there things we can do to improve these passporting arrangements?
19. What would be the implications for disabled people and service providers if it was not possible for Personal Independence Payment to be used as a passport to other benefits and services?
20. What different assessments for disability benefits or services could be combined and what information about the disabled person could be shared to minimise bureaucracy and duplication?
21. What impact could our proposals have on the different equality groups (our initial assessment of which is on page 28) and what else should be considered in developing the policy?
22. Is there anything else you would like to tell us about the proposals in this public consultation?