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People with learning disabilities excluded from benefit change discussions

People with learning disabilities are being denied the opportunity to express their opinions on changes to benefit entitlement, social care expert Paul Moore has claimed.

Moore, chief executive of Quarriers, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, said that the government’s failure to publish easy-read versions of the consultation for people with learning disabilities is cutting them off from the discussion.

Quarriers had asked for access to an easy read version and for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) representative to travel to their Quarriers Village, near Glasgow, to discuss the proposals with people with learning disabilities – but claim both requests were rejected.

Moore said: “The conclusion I draw from this is thousands of people with learning disabilities are being excluded from taking part in this important consultation process. “The government really needs to think again about this consultation exercise and make their proposals easy to understand and accessible to all. We must not exclude some of the most vulnerable people in our society from having a say on their future.”

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