"Losing our DLA will drive us into isolation"

EIGHTY per cent of people say losing their Disability Living Allowance (DLA) under new plans will leave them isolated. A survey of more than 4,500 people with disabilities also found that 90 per cent fear the loss of their DLA will be detrimental to their health.  The survey was conducted by the Hardest Hit campaign - made up of 90 disability groups across the country - and was prompted by the Government's plans to replace the DLA with a new 'personal independence payment' in 2013. 
A teenager looks despondent in the foreground. A parent is in the background
Precise details for the plans have yet to be revealed, but the Prime Minister has said they aim to give more money to children with greater needs and a lower amount to those people with less severe needs. He said this approach "showed the right values". But Jaspal Dhani, chief executive of the UK Disabled People's Council and co-chair of the Hardest Hit campaign, said: "Disabled people, those with long-term conditions and their families are already at risk of hardship and face massive barriers to getting into work and education."
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