Disabled people reveal dark realities of Government’s disability benefit assessment system courtesy Independent

Personal independent payment (PIP) assessments are having a damaging effect on some disabled people in Britain. Britain’s disability welfare system has come under some scrutiny over the past year following the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP began in 2013 to replace the Disability Living Allowance (DLA). It brought in a new face-to-face assessment … Continue reading “Disabled people reveal dark realities of Government’s disability benefit assessment system courtesy Independent”

The right to die is not the same as the right to be killed

By Ilora Finlay courtesy The Guardian In 2015 parliament overwhelmingly rejected proposals to license doctors to supply lethal drugs to terminally ill patients — euphemistically called “assisted dying”. The medical profession doesn’t want it either. The BMA and the medical royal colleges are all opposed. The BMA conducted an in-depth study in 2015, consulting doctors … Continue reading “The right to die is not the same as the right to be killed”

The Tory blueprint: fund a cruel system, not the disabled people it punishes

Frances Ryan courtesy the A new report shows a benefits system riddled with failings. But this isn’t a policy gone wrong – it’s one going exactly as planned. On Wednesday, the work and pensions select committee released its much-anticipated report into Britain’s disability benefit system and it pulled no punches. The picture it paints is … Continue reading “The Tory blueprint: fund a cruel system, not the disabled people it punishes”

Direct Payments: the disparities between local authorities

Courtesy Disability Horizons Chris Cusack, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), examines how Direct Payments and the level of care people are getting differs vastly between local authorities – it really does seem to be a postcode lottery. In England, social care provision has undergone radical changes over recent years. In the early 1990s, the … Continue reading “Direct Payments: the disparities between local authorities”

Payment Cards in Adult Social Care

Courtesy In-Control Payment cards are a way for local authorities to manage the allocation of funding for individuals in need of adult social care, including disabled people, older people, and carers of disabled people. Instead of an individual receiving a direct social care payment directly into their bank account, local authorities can load the allocated … Continue reading “Payment Cards in Adult Social Care”