Disability Benefit Change: What This Means For Spinal Cord Injury Individuals
In the News recently, it has been reported that due to suggested Government cuts relating to benefit payments, “more than half a million disabled people could lose out as a result.”
It has been proposed that the current algorithm used to calculate daily living allowances, as a part of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people, will change next year as part of the Government's strategy to reduce the deficit by 2020.
Unsurprisingly, there has been an angry backlash to these suggested cuts.
The Government is backing up this proposal by announcing that it will save the country £1.2 billion, whilst ensuring that PIP payments are more fairly calculated. They conclude that this will ensure PIP funds are retargeted more specifically toward those individuals who need it most. If this is indeed the case then why the aversion?
Many criticise this move on the basis that such cuts will ultimately abrade the capacity for some disabled people to live independently. The changes to the PIP formula will essentially result in it becoming harder for some disabled people to qualify for the benefit. Indeed, Dame Anne Begg told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last week that she believed the Government to be "tightening these descriptors to make sure fewer people get the benefit."
There clearly is many levels to this politically charged and heated debate, and it is one that will certainly affect, in one way or another, the 40,000 individuals currently living in the UK with paralysis due to a spinal cord injury.
At Aspire Law, we understand the needs of individuals living with a disability and more specifically with paralysis as a result of spinal cord injury traumas.
We understand specialist equipment is essential in helping disabled people regain their lives and maintain their independence which, in turn, enables them to continue living a fulfilled and as close to independent life as possible, whilst making a contribution to the economy and society as a whole.
Such equipment, however, often comes at a great cost to either buy or even simply to rent due to its technical nature. The proposed Government cuts could indeed greatly affect many disabled individuals meaning this equipment will come at a great personal cost to be paid either by a large sum of money or by parting with some level of independence.
A second review of the PIP and the formula that the government uses to calculate the benefits received is due in April 2017, and only after that will we know for sure what, how and even if these proposed cuts will be taken forward.
Nevertheless, if a person has been disabled as a direct result of an accident caused by a negligent 3rd party, then the law does indeed provide for them and allows the individual to claim compensation for their injuries and as a contribution to pay for the added necessities that are required to continue to live independently. Such compensation, in most cases, is quite substantial.
How Aspire Law Can Help You
Here at Aspire Law, being the only specialist law firm in the UK dedicated to supporting and helping people with spinal cord injury, we work quickly and efficiently to maximise the compensation award for our clients in the shortest possible timeframe, as we understand the immeasurable difference that it can make to you and your family.
Working in partnership with Aspire, the charity to provide support, funding and housing for people with spinal cord injury, Aspire Law has developed a service that recognises all of the difficulties caused by Spinal Cord Injury. As well as winning compensation for our clients, our work with Aspire provides a service that tackles every issue arising from spinal cord injury including housing, education, care and rehabilitation, as well as emotional and family support.
If you have been injured in an accident which has caused you to sustain a spinal cord injury, then you should contact a specialist solicitor, as soon as possible. Even if you feel that you were in some way partly to blame for the accident, you should still speak to a specialist spinal cord injury law firm such as Aspire Law.
We have successfully settled many claims where our client was partly to blame for the accident that led to their injury. It is important that you get in touch quickly because this will enable us to speak to as many witnesses as possible whilst recollection of the accident is still fresh in their minds.