More than 435million pound of 'mobility' components are
going to junkies, alcoholics, asthmatics and people with unspecified back pain
which is actually meant for disabled people. Ministers say official figures
reveal that people claim the mobility benefits of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
demonstrates the need for urgent reform. More than half the people who got the
claim simple had to fill up a form and have never been asked to attach any
evidence to support their claim.
The DLA was designed to help those who have specific
mobility or care needs and cannot walk, wash or dress themselves. The benefit
that is paid depends upon the severity of walking difficulties with 49.85
pounds being paid for people with severe difficulties.
Ministers have suggested reforms like face-to-face
assessments to ensure that the benefit goes to the needy people. Government plans
to replace the DLA with a new Personal Independence Payment.