Tag: benefits

End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty

End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty

Following the announcement by the new secretary of state for Work and Pensions that people with on-going health conditions or impairments which will only get worse will no longer have to go through repeat assessments for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Ruth Patrick reflects on the mixed impact of this welcome change. The man now … Continue reading End of repeat assessments brings hope and uncertainty

Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?

Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?

As Theresa May’s government continues to bed in, commentators suggest that her approach to social security may be different from the Cameron/Osborne slash and burn approach. But what will take its place and what difference will it make to disabled people? Ruth Patrick reports. Standing on the steps of 10 Downing Street, newly appointed Prime … Continue reading Who may benefit from May’s benefit rethink?

It’s wait and see as Mordaunt beds in as minister

It’s wait and see as Mordaunt beds in as minister

The arrival of Penny Mordaunt as Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been greeted with more trepidation than joy, says Ruth Patrick. After her seamless if sudden arrival at No 10 Downing Street, we can perhaps forgive Theresa May for taking a little time to finalise her cabinet … Continue reading It’s wait and see as Mordaunt beds in as minister

Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Dr Lin Berwick has high support needs, which up till now have been met by the use of 24/7 home care. But following the introduction of the National Living Wage in April this year she’s been alarmed to discover that her care package is unravelling. Let me make it absolutely clear, I have always tried … Continue reading Care and the cost of the National Living Wage

Caring, parenting and points of pressure

Caring, parenting and points of pressure

June 6-12 is the annual celebration of Carers Week, highlighting a “campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.” But what asks Jane Renton if you have to fight even to get recognition as a carer in the first … Continue reading Caring, parenting and points of pressure

The Download: Cuts, hotels and housing

For this edition of The download, Disability Now’s topical and lively discussion show, presenter Paul Carter is joined by Roger Lewis of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), James Price, MD of lobby group on hotel accessibility Access All rooms and also by Access consultant Tracey Proudlock. On the agenda, the Cameron government’s benefits cuts debacle, … Continue reading The Download: Cuts, hotels and housing