Stop the DLA takeaway in hospital
Why we're campaigning
We want the rules scrapped that mean Disability Living Allowance (DLA) payments are stopped when a child is in hospital for more than 84 days.
The government justifies stopping DLA when a child spends a long time in hospital by arguing that a child's needs are fully met free of charge by the NHS.
However, our research [PDF] shows that without a parents' input, a child's needs are not fully met in hospital and the extra costs continue. That's why we think these rules deny families financial help when they need it most.
What we're doing
- Supported the Mathieson family in their successful legal challenge to the rules.
- Asking supporters to sign a petition if they agree that the rules should now be scrapped for all families.
- Providing evidence to show that the rules are unfair; see our DLA takeaway report [PDF].
- Sharing with government a DLA takeaway policy briefing [PDF[ on the evidence.
Until the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) formally responds to the Mathieson judgement, we've put together a template review letter for parents to use [docx] in asking for their child's DLA payments to be re-instated while they are in hospital. We have also produced a short guide to completing the review letter [docx].
What you can do
- Support the campaign by signing the petition.
- Have you been affected by this rule? Any evidence we have supports our case. Email our press team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story to share.
- If you're able to, please consider making a donation so we can continue our life-changing campaign work.
- Read the latest news on the DLA takeaway campaign.