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Friday, May 30, 2014

My Reaction to Mike Penning's Statement on the future of the Independent Living Fund

The DWP has been hell-bent on closing the Independent Living Fund and refuses to acknowledge the obvious: that the mainstream adult social care system, which it considers the right approach, is inadequately funded and will be subjected to further budgetary cuts in the years to come.

The government's commitment to disabled people living independent lives has already been called into question by the fact that almost two thirds of claimants assessed for the government’s new disability benefit have been rejected, figures show.

A total of 220,300 new claims have been registered for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) since it was introduced last April.

Of those, only 34,200 have so far gone for a decision, with 12,654 – or 37% – eventually approved.

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