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Chancellor takes a swipe at disabled people

Chancellor takes a swipe at disabled people

Chancellor Philip Hammond, in his budget speech spoke about low productivity in the UK - - people are working too 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

ESA – Fitness for Work

The rules governing ESA fitness for work, include regulation 29. This rule is for people who don't 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 only fit for...

Government taken to Court over UC

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...

Get Active!

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

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

Changes to Blue Badge proposed

The Department of Transport is considering widening the scope of the 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...

Personal Cost of Benefits Appeals

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 is...

Health & Fitness

 Many disabled people find it difficult to maintain their fitness because of impairment related reasons, or because many exercise or healthy eating regimes do not allow for their impairment. You can download a free gentle exercise programme from One Voice called...

Family & Parenthood

Family and parenthood Disabled Parents Network The Disabled Parents Network (DPN) is a national organisation of and for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents, and their families, friends and supporters They offer leaflets and information on a...

Sex and relationships

Dating and friendships Outsiders is an organisation for disabled people who want to meet or correspond with other disabled people, who may need advice or help regarding sex, or who may want support to gain their sexual or emotional independence. There is a...

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Most services for mental health are accessed by referral from a GP or other professional.Community mental health teamsThere are two community mental health teams based around the city, Steps to Health in the North, and The Croft Resource Centre serving the South.The...