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Disability Benefits Survey by Leonard Cheshire Disability UK

Author: Leonard Cheshire Disability

Published: 2010-08-26

Synopsis and Key Points:

Survey asks questions about Housing Benefit and Disability Living Allowance to find out how people use these benefits.

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Public urged to take part in benefits survey - The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) is urging the public to take part in a new survey which aims to find out more about disabled people's experiences of claiming benefits.

The online survey can be accessed through the following link - - and takes no more than 15 minutes to complete.

It includes questions about what people think about work, and if they have ever claimed Employment and Support Allowance - the new benefit for people who cannot work due to ill health or disability. The survey also asks questions about Housing Benefit and Disability Living Allowance to find out more about how people use these benefits.

The DBC, which is organizing the survey, represents over 30 charities and other organizations, including Leonard Cheshire Disability, Arthritis Care and Breast Cancer Care.

The survey's findings will be used to help the Government better understand the impact changes to benefits like Incapacity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Housing Benefit will have on disabled people.

Rebecca Rennison, Senior Policy Officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability and Co-chair of the DBC's policy group says: "We are urging as many people as possible to take part in the survey. The findings will not only be used to influence government policy but will also highlight just how important benefits are to those who need them."

You can find out more about the Disability Benefits Consortium at

Leonard Cheshire Disability supports tens of thousands of disabled people in the UK and works in 52 countries. We campaign for change and provide innovative services that give disabled people the opportunity to live life their way. Visit

Arthritis Care is the UK's leading charity working with and for people with all forms of arthritis. We offer people with arthritis the information and support they need to make informed choices about managing their arthritis, to reach their potential in society and to fully participate in their communities. We believe that people with arthritis are entitled to receive the best available treatment and medication, and to have their voice heard in decisions affecting their health. Information and support on how to cope with pain is available by calling the Arthritis Care Helpline free on 0808 800 4050, emailing or by visiting the website

Breast Cancer Care is here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We bring people together, provide information and support, and campaign for improved standards of care. We use our understanding of people's experience of breast cancer and our clinical expertise in everything we do. Visit or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

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