In Northern Ireland, 182,423 people currently receive Disability Living Allowance — 103,500 of these people are of working age. Northern Ireland is more dependent on the UK social security budget than other regions. In part this is the result of years of higher levels of disadvantage or need. While morbidity here is higher than in other regions, the differences are not large enough to justify all the working-age people deemed to qualify for DLA.
Why might this be? Well…..
A top judo coach who won a bronze medal in the sport at the Commonwealth Games was claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the time, a court heard. Martin Sloane (47), who had once said it took him 10 minutes to walk six metres, was receiving the highest level of the benefits when he took the award in an over-40s section of the judo championships in 2006. Sloane was caught by benefits investigators who filmed him at judo coaching sessions.
The accused, from River Court, Dunmurry, outside Belfast, pleaded guilty yesterday to failing to |inform authorities about a change in his circumstances in April 2002.
Of course it is NOT just Dunmurry that has DLA benefit frenzy……one in five people in west Belfast claim this benefit. I wonder could there be any abuse going on – do you think.