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29 September 2009

A decision about whether to scrap DLA will be made after the green paper care consultation has ended, the DWP’s press office has confirmed.

The threat to DLA is confirmed in articles on the websites of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and the Brighton and Hove Federation of Disabled People published in early September.

Both articles ‘Government refuses to rule out scrapping DLA’ are written by John Pring, a freelance journalist who previously wrote for Disability Now and now provides a syndicated news service to a wide range of disability charities.

According to the articles:

“When asked if scrapping DLA was an option, a DWP spokesman said: “It depends on what people say in the consultation. We need to see what people say when they respond.

“We are consulting and we will be listening to what people have to say. It’s not an open consultation if you start closing down options.”

We contacted John Pring and he responded assuring us that these were direct quotes from the DWP press office.

There can now be little question that DLA is indeed under threat and that only a major campaign by claimants and representative organisations is likely to save it.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign article can be read here

The Brighton and Hove Federation of Disabled People article can be read here

John Pring can be contacted at:  jpringnews@googlemail.com