Proposed cuts to DLA to affect Court of Protection
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There has been a lot of debate in the media recently about the government’s proposed cuts to DLA and I can’t help but fear for the impact this could have on the vulnerable clients we act for. DLA is often an important income stream for the individuals we work with. In so many cases a cut to DLA could mean that the level of care received would have to be reduced.
The Motability scheme, which is available to those in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of DLA is also a lifeline for so many people. Losing the DLA and therefore eligibility to benefit from getting an adapted car through Motability could leave disabled clients struggling to be able to get out and about in the community.
The tough economic climate for savers and investors already poses a challenge to people who have personal injury settlements and require care. Low interest rates have meant that generating sufficient income to meet the cost of care has been a challenge. Cuts to the benefits received by disabled clients could have a terrible impact on their long term financial security, and makes experienced advice on financial management as a deputy or attorney all the more important.