If you have been denied a disability benefit because of a disability, you can be eligible for one in a new package of reforms.
Under the Disability Rights and Equalities Bill, disabled people can apply for a disability assessment.
If the assessment reveals the claimant’s disability, it can then be included in the disability assessment process.
A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “This is an important step to bring about an inclusive society for disabled people and ensures that disability can be a valid source of support.”
It comes after an inquiry by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People found that the system did not sufficiently recognise disability.
Disability claims are now assessed in the same way as any other claim.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said the reforms would: remove the ‘disability’ and ‘inadequacy’ clauses from disability assessments; ensure that disability is assessed in a way that is consistent with the requirements of the DWP; and make the disability claim assessment process simpler.
‘No way’ to remove disability clause in disability assessment A spokesperson for disability charity Scope said: The proposed changes to disability assessments would be a step backwards.
While they would be an improvement over the current system, it would be no way to remove the disability clause from disability assessment as it has no place in the assessment process and will result in further delays in accessing disability benefits.
“We’re disappointed that this is the direction that this government is taking,” said Scope’s chair, Sue Stowe.
She added that while the proposals were not perfect, they were “in line with the spirit of the Bill” and “reflect the real concerns we have”.
The government said it was “committed” to supporting disabled people through disability and that it was working with disability charities to address concerns raised.
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