9 Mar 2011

The Children’s Society is calling on the government to not introduce reforms which will cut financial support for disabled children and their families.

Chief Executive, Bob Reitemeier, has expressed grave concern at the proposal to remove the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for children and young people in residential schools and care.

“Many young people rely on the mobility component to make arrangements for transport, to pay for adaptations to vehicles and to fund weekend visits.

Removing this component will severely restrict the ability of children and young people in residential placements to play an active role in their local community, to pursue their own interests and to have their own independence”

He continues, “All of these are critically important to their sense of freedom and well being.  The government must reconsider its legislative proposals to ensure that the mobility component is retained.”

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Notes to editors:

Clauses 75 to 79 of the Welfare Reform Bill provide for the removal of the mobility component of DLA for children and young people in special residential schools and residential care for more than 84 days per year.

The Children’s Society, founded in 1881, is a leading charity committed to improving the experience of childhood in the UK. Our national network of projects deliver specialist services for children who are disadvantaged in their daily lives. We support children in trouble with the law, young runaways at risk on the street, disabled children who face exclusion and young refugees rebuilding their lives in the UK. Our organisation works across England and has a well-developed practice base working directly with children and young people in a range of school, community and specialist projects. We have a wealth of experience working with disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs.

For further information please contact Lorna Harris on 020 7841 4424.