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Dear Mr. Osborne,
I am writing on behalf of members of our disabled children support group http://www.parentsofdisabledchildren.co.uk
Many of our members are concerned about the new disability living allowance assessments which are due to come into force in 2013.
Members are concerned that under the new guidelines many disabled children will be made to fight harder for an award of the disability living allowance.

Conditions such as Autism or other conditions which are not reliant on a set time frame but do demand great care at various times of day and an assessor may not see the true story and would then base the decision on the whole claim on a given 30 minute interview.
Another concern is that some children will be expected to conduct exercises that may hurt them as they are not always able to say no to adults as they want to listen to adult instructions although it may cause pain afterwards.
Also some children are able to perform some basis tasks for a short while but become very tired and suffer great pain and discomfort later on in the day so your assessors may not get a clear picture.
We cannot place disabled children under the stress of performing like a circus monkey for the sake of a 30 minute doctors assessment.

1)What safeguards will be in place to ensure that children are assessed correctly by a doctor who has pediatric experience?

2)What assessment framework will be in place to ensure that the children are assessed fairly and what will be the appeal process?

3)How will having medical assessments on all disability living allowance claims impact on the claim processing times and will you be employing extra staff to process the claims?

4)Would it not be easier and cheaper to scrap assessments for children and take specialist information from consultants and doctors.

5)Will the medical assessments be undertaken on a Saturday or Sunday to avoid loss of school time?

6)Will travelling expenses be reimbursed?

7)If a parent has to take time off work to attend one of these interviews will they be reimbursed as they are not the ones claiming?
Will the medical assessment always mean seeing a doctor or will it be only certain cases?

Whilst we appreciate that the benefit culture in Britain needs to be tackled and we need to get the benefit fraudsters off the system and back to work we cannot allow children to be unfairly punished or made to wait a long time for vital help.

In your election manifesto your party stressed you wanted to make it easier for parents of disabled children yet this new system appears to be making it harder for parents and allows us more complications and yet more paperwork despite David Cameron publically stating he wanted to scrap the paper trails of the current system and look to adopt a passport system to make the whole process easier and this was a vote winner for many parents of disabled children.

Please don't allow what could be a good policy make life harder for parents of disabled children that need more government support and not more government red tape.

I look forward to your swift response and hopeful reassurances.
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Above is the letter i have sent to Mr Osborne and if he fails to deliver a response ill send it as a telegram Big Grin
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and failing that we can hold him down and tattoo it on his bum Angel

seriously though, thanks Daniel. My daughter will be 18 this year so if she needs to renew it will be under adult rules but there are so many Children and parents alike who could and should benefit from a fairer system, we dont want everyone worrying and getting stressed for the next 2 years over something that may now happen so I do hope he replies as you have asked Smile
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(06-22-2010, 05:57 PM)fatherjack Wrote: and failing that we can hold him down and tattoo it on his bum Angel

seriously though, thanks Daniel. My daughter will be 18 this year so if she needs to renew it will be under adult rules but there are so many Children and parents alike who could and should benefit from a fairer system, we dont want everyone worrying and getting stressed for the next 2 years over something that may now happen so I do hope he replies as you have asked Smile

Im just in the process of getting it sent to him via recorded delivery Big Grin
And to David Cameron for good measure Smile
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I'll wager that Mr Cameron's office responds first Wink


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