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Many disabled people with poor mobility are excluded from the mobility component of DLA/PIP due to the age restrictions (must be claimed before age 65). This issue should be addressed to ensure that people are not excluded/isolated due to mobility problems just because they happen to be elderly

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Carers Allowance should remain a discrete benefit, separate from Universal Credit, and without means-testing, e.g. as in its present form. Moving it to a means-tested model would financially penalise customers who would otherwise not be entitled to UC (e.g. in a relationship where joint income would exceed the threshold for eligibility) and de-values the effort and role carers play in reducing the burden on health and social care services. CA should be paid at a much higher rate in recognition of the amount of work that is actually done by carers

by Paula on December 23, 2015 at 04:53PM

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