Welfare reform and sensory loss – September 2015

The government’s welfare reform plans include measures that will have a negative impact on people with disabilities, including sensory loss. For instance, Disability Living Allowance is important for children. I am pleased that the government appears to have listened for now to children and families who have made the case for this element of DLA to be maintained.

However, it is also the case that local authority support for families who have a disabled member are constantly under pressure from the results of cuts in central government grants to councils.

Taken together, government policies are placing a huge burden on families who have a disabled member and who often already face significant pressures.

I will do all I can to make sure that that the government recognises that support for children with disabilities is important and is protected.