Concern over Disability Benefit Reform

Mike Charles spoke this week to the BBC regarding his fears that Disability Benefit Reform which will deprive those within residential care, receiving the mobility component of DLA.

"It is hard to understand, how such a proposal could be consistent with the duty to promote equality of opportunity" he said.

"People who are the most needy, and within residential care, should be entitled to dignity afforded to others. This basic requirement should not be interfered with. People should be entitled to a quality of life. All that we so often take for granted should be given to those under a disability"

"I have fears that the introduction of legislation that compromises ones ability to have a quality of life, and to enjoy normal things such as going out on recreational activities, could very well offend the European Convention."

"If this legislation is passed, I believe that the scores of disabled people will be disadvantaged to the point that people may feel compelled to bring proceedings to challenge the legislation as being incompatible with the Convention on Human Rights."



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