3 Nov 2011

The Children’s Society warmly welcomes the findings of the Low Review published today. Lord Low of Dalston has called on the government to protect mobility payments for disabled people living in residential care.

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society comments:

'Removal of the mobility component would have a devastating impact and severely restrict the ability of young people in residential placements to live full lives. At The Children’s Society we work very closely with disabled children and young people and we see first-hand the enormous difference this benefit makes to their lives. Taking it away would make it more difficult for them to maintain relationships with family and friends, play an active part in their local community, pursue their own interests and become independent.

'We strongly urge the government to take notice of the findings of the Low Review and rethink their decision to remove this component.'


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 Notes to editors

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.