The Spartacus Report into DLA reform, written, funded, researched by people with disablities. PLEASE READ IT!

If you read or do or tweet or talk about one thing today, please read, tweet and talk about the Spartacus Report. I will let the absolutely inspirational Diary of a Benefit Scrounger explain:

A report published today (9 January) finds that Government misled MPs and Peers over the hostility to disability benefit reform. It finds that Parliament has been given only a partial view of the overwhelming opposition to the Coalition’s planned reforms of a key disability benefit, Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It finds that this opposition was previously not released to public scrutiny by the Government.

It is based on the responses to the government’s own consultation on its planned DLA reforms, which were only made public once disabled people requested them under the Freedom of Information Act. Findings included:

* 98 per cent of respondents objected to the qualifying period for benefits being raised from 3 months to 6 months

* 99 per cent of respondents objected to Disability Living Allowance no longer being used as a qualification for other benefits

* 92% opposed removing the lowest rate of support for disabled people

Among the report’s conclusions:

* Only 7% of organisations that took part in the consultation were fully in support of plans to replace DLA with PIP

* There was overwhelming opposition in the consultation responses to nearly all of the government’s proposals for DLA reform

* The government has consistently used inaccurate figures to exaggerate the rise in DLA claimants

* The report shows that nearly all of the recent increase in working-age claimants of DLA has been associated with mental health conditions and learning difficulties. Between 2002 and 2010, the number of working-age DLA claimants – excluding those with mental health conditions and learning difficulties remained remarkably stable

* 98% of those who responded opposed plans to change the qualifying period for PIP from three months (as it is with DLA) to six months

* 90% opposed plans for a new assessment, which disabled people fear will be far too similar to the much-criticised work capability assessment used to test eligibility for employment and support allowance (ESA)

* Respondents to the consultation repeatedly warned that the government’s plans could breach the Equality Act, the Human Rights Act and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Read it here:

Spartacus Report

I’m not going to say much more. I think the changes to DLA are amongst the worst sleight of hand the government has performed. There is a twisted justification in going after ESA as it can be explained away with, “fraud! malingering! dependency!” DLA cannot. It has a minuscule fraud rate, it is not an out-of-work benefit and personally, my life would be totally different without it (I would not have gotten funding for my course. I would not have had somewhere safe to live). Please read, retweet and resist reform of Disability Living Allowance.

10 Responses

  1. it’s a shame but i dont expect anything less from those f****rs!

  2. rubbish of course and another example of the government’s totally irrelevant but doubtless expensive “listening exercises”. abpve goes tp!/view.aspx?cid=CBA86408918CAA9E&resid=CBA86408918CAA9E%21132 rather than the Spartacus report

  3. The original publication was at:
    (which hosts the report on skydrive).

    You can get it as a PDF at:

    Click to access Responsible%20Reform.pdf

    And I’ve saved the PDF and have it on my blog too:

  4. Spasticus supports the Sparticus report. For more information about how the cuts are affecting disabled Londoners, look at Spasticus’s Inclusive London? website

    NB: Paste this URL into your address bar to avoid getting the official, misleading (as exposed on the BBC’s One Show) website by default.

  5. I wonder why the media are refusing to cover this. It’s a huge story. I thought it would be the lead story on every TV news program but it never even got a single mention.

  6. Don’t get me started on benefit reform! I spent many months and years campaigning for the ‘all too rigid’ application form to be scrapped as there is no pain component. Another case of ‘one form fits all’ disabilities!

  7. This is all because so many forgot what Tories are, forgot the horrors of the Thatcher era thought the leopard could change it’s spots They don’t care and have never cared for any one that is working class.or claims benefits. They think we are all liars and should bloody well get on our bikes and look for a job despite any disabilities. Remember Poll Tax, remember the destruction of industries, entire communities, workers rights If they are left in power we would have no NHS and a benefits system similar to the USA . A party with no heart, no soul and the Lib Dems no back bone betraying those who voted for them but then they were founded on betrayal.
    I am voting for Independence because WE weren’t stupid enough to vote them during Thatcher or now, and no other reason.We have more Pandas in Scotland than Tory MPs!

  8. i doubt if anyone knows the real number of people with mental health problems in the UK, but what i know for sure, is if these reforms go ahead, there will be many more than there is now, simply because of the anxiety it will cause

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