Blind people's benefits at risk - act now!
- 06 Nov
The Government's plans to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will remove tens of millions of pounds from blind and partially sighted people.
The criteria for the new benefit fail to recognise that sight loss is a serious disability and that you face extensive extra costs if you can't see.
One of the main assessments for Personal Independence Payment will be a new, "objective assessment" that focuses on the ability of an individual to carry out a range of key activities necessary for everyday life. This will be used to re-assess working age claimants and will take evidence from healthcare professionals in to account.
The proposals mean PIP will continue to be paid as a non-means-tested cash benefit contributing to the extra costs of disability. The main focus will be an individual's ability to get around independently (the mobility component) and their ability to carry out other key activities necessary to be able to participate in daily life (the daily living component).
This of course is an area that blind and partially sighted people have become experts at, but does not mean that they are any less disabled that they were before!
Act now to challenge this benefits shake-up that will hit blind and partially sighted people particularly hard.
There is still work to do before the Bill becomes an Act and is implemented, specifically regarding the assessment criteria and how the changes will affect blind and partially sighted people and Guide Dogs will work with other organisations to ensure that the rights of blind and partially sighted people are not unduly affected by these changes.
Visit Guidedogs.org.uk for help, advice and information on how to contact your MP.
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1016396
- 10 Sep
Young people with learning disabilities more likely to be abused
A group of children’s charities have said that young people with disabilities have the “same vulnerabilities” as all young people but face extra “barriers” to getting protection or support,...
- 07 Sep
Success for a disability sport programme
The programme ran for three weeks and included multi-sport camps at Aberdeen Sports Village, reports the Mearns Leader. Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee...
- 21 Jul
Hartlepool to open a disability centre
Work has begun on the Hartlepool Borough Council project which aims to provide the Centre for Independent Living on the site of the current Havelock Centre in Burbank, reports The Hartlepool Mail.It...
- 14 Jul
Reform for care of adults with learning disabilities criticised for being slow
Following the care home abuse scandal at Winterbourne, Sir Stephen Bubb headed a review into care home abuse, which was published in November, reports the BBC.England's chief nursing officer said...
- 18 Jun
Campaigners warn that people with disabilities are losing rights due to government cuts
Charities are concerned that the rights of people with learning disabilities to live independent lives are slipping due to government cuts to benefits and social care, reports the Guardian. A letter...
- 11 Jun
Concern over disability benefits following council change
On the 30th of June a £500m Independent Living Fund will be in the control of local authorities, leaving people fearing how the benefit allowance for disabled adults will be affected, reports the...
- 21 May
Victims of disability hate crime are being let down
Police, prosecutors and probations services have failed to bring in need change over the past two years, a report by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate has found, reports the BBC.The CPS, police and...
- 08 May
New initiative to support young people with disabilities
Liberty Staffordshire Community Interest Company have been developed to maximise opportunities for young people due to growing concern they could be left isolated following the withdrawal of...
- 05 May
How technology is helping people with disabilities
At the exhibit people presented all-terrain wheelchairs, adapted smartphone for people whose fingers can't cope with normal devices, wheelchairs that allow the user to become level with the people...
- 01 May
Charities call for action on accessible housing
Leonard Cheshire Disability charity has told The Yorkshire Post that the lack of housing which is accessible for people with disabilities must become and election issue and is calling for the...
How to Fund Housing Support and Social Care Services Good clear delivery of some complicated information. Jaqui Smith - Young Womens Housing Project