MP hears care home concerns

RESIDENTS and staff at a care home aired their grievances on proposed living allowances changes to a government minister last week.

Maria Miller, The Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, visited Hft’s Hollycroft home in Shefford, to gauge views on possible changes to Disability Living Allowance.

She said: “I really enjoyed meeting the residents and staff at Hollycroft, I know some people are worried about how changes to DLA might affect them so it’s been really useful for me to talk to them about that.”

Mrs Miller also met with Robert Longley-Cook, chief executive of Hft and staff members.

There was concern over the government’s proposal to change the DLA, currently set at �80 per month, in particular the threat to remove the mobility component for people in residential care, which meets some of the costs incurred where there is no accessible public transport.


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