MPs say independent living for disabled people at risk

MPs and peers have warned today that independent living for disabled people is at risk due to cuts on social care and benefits.



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.

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Last Updated : 01 March 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.