Plans to cut disability benefits could breach human rights laws
January 10, 2011
Plans to cut disability benefits could breach human rights laws, the government has been warned.
Ministers want to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a new Personal Independence Payment.
The government says the changes are designed to streamline the system as well as make cuts of 20%.
Disability lawyer Mike Charles told the BBC the moves could be unlawful if they denied individuals the right to quality of life.
The change would mean new assessment tests for claimants who would also need to have had a condition for six months.
‘Equal playing field’
Mr Charles said: “The human rights act says individuals have a right to family life, have a right to a quality of life, the whole purpose of the DLA is to put them on an equal playing field with everyone else.
“Any proposal that fails to appreciate those fundamental rights could find it is an infringement of the law.
“My view is even if its not against the letter of the law, it is against the spirit of the law.”
More information at the BBC News.