DLA changes "will cause isolation"

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  Campaigners have warned that families may lose out under last-minute changes to the new system of Personal Independence Payments. These changes mean that only those unable to walk more than 20m would qualify for the payments. Previously, those unable to walk more than 50m qualified. Personal Independence Payments will come into force in April and will replace the Disability Living Allowance for working age people aged 16 to 64. Young people with acquired brain injuries will be affected by the new system, which The Department of Work and Pensions says will make an out-dated benefit clearer. The DWP also say that broadly the same number of people will be entitled to extra mobility help. But disability campaigning group We Are Spartacus has said many thousands of people will now lose out on benefits. What’s more, the group believes the changes will lead to many people with disabilities becoming isolated. Read the full story here.
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