Victory for sick children

The government has implemented new guidelines on disability payments following campaign.

The government has scrapped the rules that previously stopped payments to children who are in hospital. It is an enormous victory for Stop the DLA Takeaway campaign and means children will no longer be denied Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) when they need it most. The campaign by The Children’s Trust and Contact a Family was launched in 2010 and focused on a legal challenge by the family of Cameron Mathieson. Cameron from Warrington had very complex medical needs and passed away in October 2012 at the age of five, having spent more than half his life in Alder Hey Hospital. The Supreme Court used our DLA in hospital research to rule unanimously in the Mathiesons' favour. Many campaigners got behind the cause and thanks to that, the government listened to our calls to scrap the rules for good. The new law came into force yesterday (30 June)- you can read all about the new law here.
The law change is an incredible legacy for Cameron Mathieson. The campaign victory means that hundreds of families of the most disabled and poorly children will no longer be denied payments when they need it most.
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