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Spring Budget 2017: Another Budget, Another Cut

As the Chancellor Phillip Hammond prepared to announce his budget, people with disabilities up and down the country nervously awaited the bad news they have sadly become oh so used to. For many, it seemed that the hopes that their rights would be protected were slim – and they weren’t wrong. Hammond claimed he was prepared to do whatever it ... Read More »

Stop Saying ‘The Disabled’

This last week has brought to my attention that there are many journalists currently reporting on the Budget and the ‘u-turn’ on the cuts to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and while many of them are articulate enough to use the correct language when talking about disabled people – I am sad to say that many are not. I have ... 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 welcomes Government U-turn on disability cuts

National deafblind charity responds to news that Government plans to halt reforms to Personal Independence Payment National deafblind charity, Sense, welcomes the news that the Government has listened to the concerns of parliamentarians and the public about the fairness of the Budget and the potential impact of Personal Independence Payment [PIP] cuts, by halting the progression of reforms to this ... 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 »

Disability benefit delays criticised

Delays in paying the new disability benefit are leaving many people without enough money to afford essential living costs, according to a report. Citizens Advice Scotland said people are waiting an average of six months between claiming the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and receiving the payment. This can have a knock-on effect on other benefit claims, it said. PIP ... Read More »

Thousands could lose disability benefits, Scottish government claims

More than 100,000 people in Scotland will lose disability benefits under UK-wide welfare changes, according to the Scottish government. Scottish ministers said the personal independence payment, which replaces disability living allowance, would result in thousands losing benefits. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the cuts were “simply wrong”. The UK government has said the new system would target help at ... Read More »

Benefits cap of £500 a week rolls out across Britain

A cap on the total amount of benefits that people aged 16 to 64 can receive has begun rolling out across England, Scotland and Wales.  Couples and lone parents will now not receive more than £500 a week, while a £350 limit applies to single people. Read More »

Consultation on the PIP Moving around criteria : Briefing by sick & disabled people

Executive summary The Government has published a fresh consultation on the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) between 2013 and 2018. The consultation asks a single question: “What are your views on the “Moving around” activity within the current PIP assessment criteria?”. The email address for responses is Read More »

Richmond Aid Boosts Advice Service

Major changes affecting disabled people have seen calls to the Richmond AID advice service increase by over 40% in the last 12 months. Right now they are finding disabled people experiencing complex problems with the bedroom tax, housing difficulties, financial troubles and issues with disability benefits. Read More »

Three disabled claimants launch legal action against new mobility tests

Three disabled claimants have launched a legal action to challenge the government’s more stringent tests for mobility allowances that came into force on Monday.  The decision to seek a judicial review of the regulations emerged as the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, complained that there had been a surge in fresh claims ahead of the tougher rules. Read More »