Friday, December 3, 2010

Immobility Allowance

We went to see our MP about the governments Spending Review withdrawal of Mobility Allowance from people in registered care - our son and lots of others, particularly those with complex care needs and learning disabilities. He was very sympathetic and personally disagreed with it, but as he's in opposition now, can't do much about it. Apparently it is now law and will come into force on the due date when everyone has forgotten about it. We've had quite a few people saying to us that it was just a proposal and they'd never go through with it. They have. The term in the Spending Review was 'equalised' - 'equalised' to zero.

I'll put up chapter and verse, and which MPs voted it through once I've got the details, but basically it's all the Conservatives supported by the bulk of the Lib Dems - though I suspect many of them aren't fully aware of what they've done.

So we'll have to budget for £50 a week off my sons already meagre benefits - he gets very little e.g. no Income Support as he's classed as in a nursing home most of the time. He can't actually have a real life without his adapted van, so we'll have to find a way to pay for it out of our pension. We're certainly 'in it' but it doesn't feel like 'We're all in it together'.

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