February 22nd 2008
A Newport local historian and pensioner may have spurred a worthwhile Government move.
Hansard records on Thursday's Commons Debate:
“A constituent of mine, Mr. Cliff Knight, who is a doughty campaigner for pensioners and a local historian, is finding that the ageing process comes with
Minister Mike O’Brien: - “ My hon. Friend the Member for Newport, West (Paul Flynn) raised several issues. He is right to say that the disability facilities grant has not been uprated since December 2005, when we implemented the proposal to exclude children’s cases from means-testing. We are expecting to update the regulations shortly and we will also consider a packet of changes. The Government regard the DFG programme as an important means of helping more than 35,000 older and disabled people each year to continue to live independently. We have substantially increased funding for the programme from £57 million in 1997 to £146 million in 2008-09. Further steps will be announced shortly.”