Huppert’s victory in fight to save mobility allowance for disabled
January 26, 2012
MP Julian Huppert is celebrating victory after Cambridge people living in residential care have been told they will still be able to keep the benefits that allow them to get out and about.
Julian has fought to save the Mobility Allowance, a component of the Disabled Living Allowance, which allows disabled people to pay for taxis and other transport.
He called on Minister for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith and Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller to rethink moves by the government to take away the benefits in 2014/15.
Julian had been contacted by a number of constituents who were concerned that the changes would seriously affect family members living in residential care who needed transport to attend social events and other activities.
He said: “I am delighted that the government has changed its mind on this issue. Taking away this benefit could have had a serious impact on some of Cambridge’s most vulnerable residents.
“The Mobility Allowance is a lifeline for disabled people and without it many could be confined to home with no opportunity to socialise or enjoy any independence. “