Benefits

Diverse Abilities – Dorset’s Disability Charity

A reminder of this service for help with claiming benefits and completing a Lasting Power of Attorney https://diverseabilities.org.uk/advice   Mission To enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve their full potential by providing a lifetime of sustainable support and educational services. BSL INTERPRETERS AVAILABLE “The Diverse Abilities Advice Team offers help and support to …

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Financial Difficulties and Secondary Mental Health Care Research Report

From Money and Mental Health Policy Institute https://www.moneyandmentalhealth.org/publications/not-a-secondary-issue/ This report entitled “Not a Secondary Issue:  Preventing and Resolving financial difficulties for people in Secondary Mental Health Care” examines the extent to which people in secondary mental health care – such as Community Mental Health Teams and psychiatric hospitals – face financial difficulty and how far …

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Campaign to end serious harm and deaths in the benefits system

Report: We’re just numbers to them – The DWP failure to investigate death and serious harm Rethink “Read the full report here. We are campaigning to end serious harm and deaths in the benefits system. Our latest report, “We’re just numbers to them” – The DWP’s failure to investigate death and serious harm, highlights the experiences of the …

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Report On Mental Health and Claiming Universal credit

https://cpag.org.uk/sites/default/files/files/policypost/Making_adjustments_UC_mental_health_FINAL_0.pdf Child Poverty Action Group “People experiencing mental ill health face specific problems claiming support from our social security system. This is particularly the case with universal credit (UC) because it is fully digital, and because it is the same benefit for all working-age people, whether or not you have a mental health problem. To …

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Financial Support from Dorset Council

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2021/12/07/financial-support-for-dorset-residents-in-need-this-winter/ Residents in need, including vulnerable families, will receive help with the cost of food and heating and other essentials this winter.  Unfortunately the eligibility criteria mean that only those on Universal Credit and not those on ESA and disability benefits can take advantage of this. The link from the article doesn’t work – try …

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Please complete MPs Survey for PIP and ESA claimants

MPs want to hear your experiences of applying for PIP and ESA Work and Pensions committee  Click here for “More information and survey.    The deadline for submissions is 17 December 2021. The Work and Pensions Committee has launched a survey to hear about first-hand experiences of the assessment processes for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and …

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Report on the Health and Disability Green Paper

Shaping future support: the health and disability green paper – Consultation response from the DPO Forum England https://www.shapingourlives.org.uk/archives/shaping-future-support-the-health-and-disability-green-paper-consultation-response-from-the-dpo-forum-england The DPO Forum England brings together disabled people’s organisations (DPO’s) across England to work collectively to act as the voice of disabled people. The DPO forum offers a unique and valuable perspective, as the members are all …

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URGENT – Survey – Disability Benefits Research 2021

This survey is being run by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, on behalf of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), a national coalition of over 100 charities and organisations working towards a fairer social security system.  The closing date is Sunday 3 October 2021. “Take the survey here After a long wait, the UK Government has shared their …

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Merging Disability Benefits? – Disturbing Green Paper Published

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ministers-could-merge-disability-benefits-and-want-to-cut-future-spending-says-green-paper Ministers are considering measures to cut rising spending on disability benefits, and the possibility of merging personal independence payment with universal credit, a new government green paper has revealed. The health and disability green paper, Shaping Future Support, focuses on reforming personal independence payment (PIP), employment and support allowance (ESA) and the disability-related aspects of …

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