Online PIP appeals pilot extends over more of England

Online PIP appeals pilot extends over more of England The Tribunals Service widened the areas of the country covered by the pilot of their online PIP appeal service, which Benefits and Work first highlighted in April of this year. The pilot online system allows you to lodge your appeal online instead of filling in and … Continue reading “Online PIP appeals pilot extends over more of England”

McVey planning to means-test employment support for disabled people

Tory “axewoman” Esther McVey looking to “finish the job” on disabled workers, say SNP. Posted by Welfare Weekly – 21st May 2018 The minister responsible for closing Remploy factories and then privatising the service is overseeing a new threat to disabled workers – with a scheme supporting more than 600 disabled people in Scotland set … Continue reading “McVey planning to means-test employment support for disabled people”

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcome

Patrick Butler Social policy editor Tue 22 May 2018 00.01 BST Benefit sanctions are ineffective at getting jobless people into work and are more likely to reduce those affected to poverty, ill-health or even survival crime, the UK’s most extensive study of welfare conditionality has found. The five-year exercise tracking hundreds of claimants concludes that the … Continue reading “Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcome”

The Nazis’ First Victims Were Disabled People ~ By Kenny Fries

The Nazis’ First Victims Were Disabled People ~ By Kenny Fries in The New York Times : ‘I first discovered that people with disabilities were sterilized and killed by the Nazis when I was a teenager, watching the TV mini-series “Holocaust” in 1978. But it would be years before I understood the connections between the … Continue reading “The Nazis’ First Victims Were Disabled People ~ By Kenny Fries”

Preventable harm and the Work Capability Assessment courtesy Mo Stewart

Abstract The ongoing reluctance of the British government to accept overwhelming evidence that the assessment used to limit access to disability benefits is compromised and many chronically ill and disabled claimants are suffering, often with fatal consequences, as the UK welfare state is systematically demolished as planned since 1982. Outsourced to unaccountable private contractors, and … Continue reading “Preventable harm and the Work Capability Assessment courtesy Mo Stewart”

Other useful resources

• The Department of Health’s guide to the Care Act in easy read https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/365345/Making_Sure_the_Care_Act_Works_EASY_READ.pdf • The Care Act 2014 – a presentation by barrister Steve Broach (Monckton Chambers) • http://ilfaction.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Care-Act-Training-Slides.pdf • Irvin Mitchell Solicitors’ Care Act factsheets and precedent letters http://www.irwinmitchell.com/personal/protecting-your-rights/social-healthcare-law/the-care-act/care-act-factsheets-and-template-letters • Carers UK guide to the Care Act 2014 for carers http://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/getting-care-and-support/care-act-faq • A … Continue reading “Other useful resources”

Frequently asked questions for ILF users and other people with high support needs

www.inclusionlondon.org.uk…frequently-asked-questions-ILF This guide has been written to help ILF users understand legal and practical issues about community care assessments and support and how it will apply to them following the closure of the ILF in June 2015. A guide was developed by Kate Whittaker – a consultant solicitor at Scott-Moncrieff & Associates – ILF users, … Continue reading “Frequently asked questions for ILF users and other people with high support needs”

Being the Boss – Providing a coherent voice in the wider community

During the last few months Sandra Daniels and Bob Williams Findlay, two new directors of Being the Boss, have facilitated several discussions with attendees at the Fairways Day Centre, to support them to speak up about how they are feeling and to understand more about why Birmingham City Council are proposing to close the Fairways … Continue reading “Being the Boss – Providing a coherent voice in the wider community”

Green paper on older people’s social care to be published by summer 2018

Government says it will “listen to the perspectives of experts and care users, to build consensus around reforms which can succeed” The government will publish a green paper on social care for older people by summer 2018, it announced today. In advance of the paper it has invited a number of people to provide advice, … Continue reading “Green paper on older people’s social care to be published by summer 2018”

Loneliness: the second cruel stigma Britain inflicts on disabled people

Frances Ryan the Guardian Increasingly, I feel lucky to leave the house. That’s a strange feeling for someone to have, particularly someone in their early 30s. As a millennial, I know I should be concerned with my nonexistent pension or ever diminishing chance of buying a home – and I am, really. But as a … Continue reading “Loneliness: the second cruel stigma Britain inflicts on disabled people”