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Changes to disability benefits condemned by Solihull campaigner

THE chairman of a charity which supports disabled people and their families in Solihull said he is disgusted with Government plans to make dramatic changes to disability benefits.

THE chairman of a charity which supports disabled people and their families in Solihull said he is disgusted with Government plans to make dramatic changes to disability benefits.

Bryn Tudor, chairman of the Mobility Advice Line, said the charity has been inundated with calls from people concerned about the proposed changes to the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The Government wants to gradually replace the DLA with the Person Independent Payment (PIP), which means many disabled people, particularly those on the lower banding scale, will be entitled to less money, if any at all.

Mr Tudor said: "I think it is absolutely disgusting what the Government is trying to do. I understand they needs to recoup some of this debt but targeting disabled people is really unfair.

"This money is vital to the lives of disabled people and a lot of people are now going to be left without."

The DLA is paid as a result of a mental or physical disability and is not means tested. The changes will come into force from April next year.

The RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) is asking people to lobby their MP and respond to the Government's consultation. To find out more, go to www.dwp.gov.uk/pip.

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