The group has written to Liz Truss to call for ‘robust, immediate action,’ and ‘govern in a spirit of compassion and respect towards all disabled people, including those with no recourse to public funds.’
Dan White, DPCG steering group member and Disability Rights UK Campaigns and Policy Officer: ‘’the freezing of the energy price cap announced on 8 September and the news that there will be no increase in benefits until next year is not the news we wanted to hear.’
The letter calls for:
- Benefits must receive an emergency uprating by 1 October 2022, in line with at least Bank of England predictions of inflation (currently 13%).
- The eligibility criteria for the Warm Home Discount (WHD) must reinstate eligibility for 300,000 disabled benefit claimants
- The Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for statutory social care recipients must receive an emergency uprating at the statutory level—at least in line with the predicted rise in inflation by 1 October 2022.
Merton CIL’s co-chair, Gina Vettese, said: ‘It is good to see DDPOs and other disability organisations working together to highlight the impact of the cost of living crisis on Deaf and Disabled people. We would encourage all our members and supporters to call on their MPs to support Deaf and Disabled people through the crisis.’
You can read the full letter here - DPCG Letter to PM Sept 22