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Special Yoga for Special Children

Special Yoga Foundation, the charity founded to provide yoga as a therapeutic intervention for children with special needs throughout the UK and across the world. Special Yoga is a centre of excellence for Therapeutic and Professional Yoga Teacher Training offering programs for yoga teachers, parents and paediatric professionals to deliver yoga as a therapeutic treatment in the special needs community. ... Read More »

Response from Contact a Family to government confirmation it is abandoning cuts to PIP

Contact a Family responds to government confirmation it is abandoning cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).   Yesterday the new Minister for Works and Pensions Stephen Crabb, confirmed that the government no longer plans to go ahead with changes to the Personal Independence Payment aids and appliances rules announced in the run-up to last week’s budget. This proposal would adversely ... Read More »

Sense responds to the Spring Budget and the Chancellor’s endorsement of a “national funding formula” for schools

Charity calls for the Government to urgently address fairer funding for special needs in early years education settings Sense the national deafblind charity, yesterday responded to the Chancellor’s endorsement of a new National Funding Formula for early years, high needs and schools, within his Budget announcement. Sense welcomed the government’s commitment to developing a new single funding formula but expressed ... Read More »

Response to the government’s budget from Contact a Family

Response to the government’s budget from Contact a Family, announced yesterday.    Una Summerson, head of policy at Contact a Family says: “There is little in today’s budget that will ease the financial pressures on low income families with a disabled child – many of whom will face significant cuts in income as Universal Credit is rolled out nationally. While ... Read More »

Bleak day for disabled people as Chancellor misses opportunity to invest in care and support

National deafblind charity, Sense, raises concerns over failure to commit to long-term investment in vital social care services. National deafblind charity Sense, is disappointed that that the Chancellor did not use The Budget as an opportunity to address the recent cuts to disabled people’s benefits or make an announcement on funding for social care. Cuts to ESA and reforms to ... Read More »

Sense responds to the government’s decision to reform the way eligibility for PIP is assessed

Government announces additional cuts of 1.2billion for disabled people on the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) National deafblind charity Sense has responded to the government announcement that it will push forward with plans to change the eligibility criteria for people applying to receive the Personal Independence Payment. Under the proposed changes, people who qualify for the benefit due to their use ... Read More »

BBC News reports 14,000 disabled people lose Motability cars

BBC News disability correspondent, Nikki Fox, has unveiled the figures behind the results of the government’s welfare changes. Until recently, if you were receiving the highest rate of ‘mobility component’ of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (£57.45 per week) you were eligible for a vehicle through the Motability Scheme – the government-funded mobility allowance. The DLA saw applicants fill in their ... Read More »

Benefits delay forced disabled people to use food banks

Two disabled people have taken their cases to the High Court following a nine month wait for their personal independent payments from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). The claimants have said that they had to use food banks and struggled to pay for fuel and as a result their health declined. Lawyers have argued that they were entitled ... Read More »

Illness and disability: time to accept reality

MacMillan Cancer Care recently reported that in 2015 there will be 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, due to improvements in survival rates. MacMillan warned that this would place “huge pressure on the NHS”. What wasn’t mentioned was the pressure it could also place on the social security system. Many of these 2.5 million people will be ... Read More »

Fears for disabled Brits as US firm takes over benefits assessments from Atos

From March, the disgraced “fit-for-work” test firm Atos will stop doing assessments on disabled people on behalf of the Coalition. The Department for Work and Pensions has announced US company Maximus will carry out the controversial Work Capability Assessments. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the change means a “fresh approach”. But US court files show Maximus has ... Read More »

Disabled people should not pay price of austerity

When campaigners talk about vulnerable groups bearing the brunt of austerity policies, it is sometimes hard to know what that means. However, the way councils have increased charges to the elderly and disabled for the services essential to daily living is a very concrete example. Disabled people likewise are charged if they need help to prepare meals, get out of ... Read More »

Peter Robinson outlines disability fund welfare change plan

First Minister Peter Robinson has set out ways that he believes would make the government’s welfare changes more acceptable in Northern Ireland. Mr Robinson said the DUP had proposed a new £27m a year fund to help those with the highest level of disability. The DUP leader said this would help with the transition from Disability Living Allowance to a ... Read More »