Reforming Welfare Benefits
Disability Law Service believes passionately that reforms to the welfare benefit system are needed to benefit Disabled people.
Disabled people are entitled to have reasonable adjustments made in their workplace conditions in order to ensure that they are able to work and can do so effectively. This right is provided for under the 2010 Equality Act.
In 2014 the Court of Appeal decided that this right is not available to carers. In that case the mother of a 17 year old with Down’s Syndrome was unable to seek a reasonable adjustment to her place of work in order that she could continue in work and conduct her duties as a carer.
We do not think that this is fair or right. The position has to change.
Autistic children should have the same opportunity to receive support as all other disabled young people. Yet certain local authorities are denying them such opportunity. We are campaigning to bring about a change in the way Local Authorities assess and care manage the needs of autistic children.
In March 2022, we held a forum of service users and identified a number of recommendations for policy reform.
A common thread running throughout each of our policy recommendations is the shortage of central government funding to local authorities. Local authorities’ spending power has fallen by 16% since 2010 which has a direct bearing on their ability to adequately meet the social care needs of Disabled people. We therefore believe that local authorities need to be provided with government support that will increase their spending power in order to be able to implement our recommendations for Community Care reform.