Motability and DLA…

A question from my search-engine slush pile – “Will I lose DLA if I get a Motability car?”.

Since having the higher rate of the DLA mobility component is a pre-requisite for getting a Motability car, then no.

If, however, what is actually meant is will having a Motability car prevent my losing DLA in the future, the answer Continue reading

Questions about DLA and emphysema…

A question about claiming DLA, followed by one about DLA and emphysema/COPD.

From my search engine section comes this gem “What illness do you need to get DLA?” For me, that says, “What illness can I claim to have, to fiddle DLA?”. Maybe I’m just cynical (yep), and it’s just a badly phrased question, but surely anyone who actually was ill would be asking “Will Continue reading

DLA alarmism – don’t panic…

An email has plopped into my Inbox, from www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/ saying:-

A government green paper has revealed proposals to stop paying ‘disability benefits, for example, attendance allowance’’ and hand the cash over to social services instead.

Under the plan, current claimants would have their disability benefits converted to a ‘personal budget’ administered by local authorities and used to pay for services – not to spend as they wish.

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Reapplying for DLA…

I’ve not dipped into my search-engine slush-pile for a while, so I’ve just had a look and found this:-

“What happens if u don’t reapply for DLA? Well, for a start, you’ll get more sense out of Google if you learn to spell “you” – trust me, it’s not hard! Never use text spelling in a search engine, it’s dumb ( and doing so in emails should be a capital offence!).

The question Continue reading

PCA points don’t count for DLA…

Another question from the search-engine list – If you have 30 Personal Capability Assessment (PCA), points do you get DLA?

No, absolutely not. PCA applies to Incapacity Benefit, and assesses your capability to work. It has nothing at all to do with DLA, which, as I’ve said previously, is payable whether you work or not, and has to be applied for separately.

IB is payable because Continue reading

The curse of James Purnell…

Listening to Yesterday in Parliament (Radio 4), this morning, to no-one’s surprise James Purnell’s farrago of oppression and persecution of the chronically sick and disabled community was ushered through the Commons with minimum impediment yesterday. The only hope now is that the Lords will have the sense, and the balls, to kill it, or modify substantially (though the Parliament Act means that the Lords can be over-ruled).When the general election rolls around, people, I hope you all remember this day, and demonstrate Continue reading

Can I join the army while on DLA? Don’t be silly…

This question seems to pop up in my search engine list with mind-boggling  regularity – you’d think the answer would be self-evident…

Can I join the army while on DLA?

No!

DLA is a disability benefit – the army does not recruit disabled people. It’s that simple. And no, the Disability Discrimination Act does NOT apply to the armed forces.

DLA comes in two parts, the mobility component, which does allow Continue reading