MPs and peers have warned today that independent living for
disabled people is at risk due to cuts on social care and
Parliament's joint committee on human rights has said in a
report that the cuts are interacting in a "particularly harmful"
way and may service users fear they will be forced into residential
care as a result.
The committee has called on the government to assess the full
impact of increases in eligibility thresholds for social care, the
closure of the Independent Living Fund to new claimants, custs to
housing benefits and the replacement of the disability living
allowance with the new personal independence payment - which will
see 500,000 lose out on the benefit.