One Voice

for disabled people
One Voice is run for and by disabled people,
and has lots of information for disabled people, friends, family, carers, colleagues, and anyone else who wants to know about issues affecting disabled people’s lives.
Have a look around, and tell us what you think

Become a councillor and make change

A fund is being set up to help disabled people who want to become Councillors. There are very few councillors avccros the country who are disabled people. Each disabled person running to be a councillor, police commissioner, or Mayor will be able to get up around...

Chancellor takes a swipe at disabled people

Chancellor Philip Hammond, in his budget speech spoke about low productivity in the Uk - - people are working to slowly, or not producing enough. Guess who was one of the scapegoats for this? This is some of what he said: “It is almost certainly the case that by...

ESA – Fitness for Work

The rules governing ESA fitness for work, include one known as regulation 29. This rule is for people who dont get the points they need in order to be found not fit for work. The regulation states that if a person should be treated as if s/he is not fit for work, and...

Government taken to Court over UC

Universal Credit is now up and running in Wolverhampton for all new claims for adults (excluding PIP). New claims for ESA now come under the umbrella of Universal Credit. But severely disabled people without a carer are penalised under this system and losing between...

Helpline For ex-army people with mental health problems

A helpline for ex-soldiers who are experiencing poor mental health, after they have left the army started last month. The helpline will be funded by the Ministry of Defence, and can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The helpline number is – 0800 323...

Get Active!

Loneliness and isolation are linked to poor health and wellbeing, especially in the colder months, older or disabled people can get quite isolated and go for days without seeing or speaking to anyone. Family carers also often do not get out and take some social time...

What to do about benefit sanctions

In the last 10 years, over a million disabled people have had their benefits stopped with sanctions. If this is you, and you had good reason to miss an appointment, appeal right away. You must ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration, and explain why you missed the...

Changes to Blue Badge proposed

The Department of Transport is considering widening the scope of Blue Badge scheme, so that people with less obvious impairments like autism and dementia are able to get blue badge parking. They are also looking at increasing the type of professionals who can assess...

Personal Cost of Benefits Appeals

The cost to the mental health of disabled people who have had their disability benefits removed has been high. Many have experienced poverty, depression, and worsening health as a result of DWP decisions. Many have given up and accepted the decision because appealing...

Legal Challenge to PIP mobility changes

Back in March 2017 the Government changed the regulations on PIP. You can read our article about it here>. Regulations are the statements added onto the end of a law to say how the law will be achieved, its scope and limits - rules. The Government changed the...

Food Banks & Soup Kitchens in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Welfare Rights have put together a list of food banks and soup kitchens in Wolverhampton. Please note that the Vine Food Bank has closed temporarily (they expect to re-open after Easter 2018) You can download the map...

A Wolverhampton Christmas Carol

  The   Alzheimer's Society is putting on another of their fabulous Christmas Carol concerts tonight in aid of people with Dementia. Their annual Carol Concert will be returning to St Johns in the square, Wolverhampton on the 14 December! Come and join in for a...

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