Disabled Hitchin residents celebrate campaign success

A GROUP of disabled Hitchin residents who were active in campaign against Government proposals to scrap a vital allowance have been celebrating, after the plans were scrapped.

The group, who live at Symonds House in Lucas Lane, began campaigning when Government announced plans to remove the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which helps meet costs of things including adapted transport.

The residents joined others across the country, who maintained that the cut would result in them losing their independence.

To celebrate the win, Symonds House staff took them on a trip to Hampton Court Palace, using the allowance to pay for the extra costs.

Resident Mary Hayes, 48, said: “We are very relieved that the Government has decided not to remove the mobility component. This allowance is so crucial to us and thousands of others and means that we can maintain our independence.”

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Sixty-two-year-old Bryan Radstone added: “If this bill had not been reversed we would not have been able to do this trip which was a thoroughly enjoyable day.”

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