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Care costs rise with welfare squeeze

14th October 2011

In fact, experts say that the cost of living with a brain injury has more than doubled in the past six years, and with thousands of people in Britain living with some form of traumatic or acquired brain injury, the impact of these rising costs has the potential to be devastating.

The researchers’ warning could hardly come at a more apposite time – just recently, brain injury charity Headway reaffirmed its opposition to the Welfare Reform Bill, which, it says, will make it harder for disabled people to access the help they need from the state, whether they have suffered their injuries in car accidents, work accidents or other circumstances.

As a result, Headway has urged people to contact their MPs in order to voice their concerns and put pressure on policymakers to reverse decisions such as the plan to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – a move the government believes will reduce expenditure by around 20%.

Headway’s chief executive Peter McCabe comments, “The message is clear. The Bill poses significant risk to the quality of life of disabled people who are already at a disadvantage in society. Such cuts can have no moral justification.”

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