Tag: extra costs

Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

It’s a classic image from the movies. Person in a hurry cries “Taxi!” and one comes skidding to a halt. But for many disabled would-be passengers it’s a prospect that falls far short of reality but which, Helen Dolphin says, is about to come a step nearer. With less than a quarter of London underground … Continue reading Partial victory in battle for access to taxis

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

Spartacus report unmasks PIP hidden agenda

As the Government’s migration of disabled people from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payments (PIP) picks up pace, Ruth Patrick talks to members of the network which is determined to reveal Department for Work and Pensions’ hidden intentions. Replacing DLA to PIP was always about saving money. While it has been presented as … Continue reading Spartacus report unmasks PIP hidden agenda

PIP migration: has the Government lost the plot?

Now that the Government has come clean that its motivation for moving people on to Personal Independence Payments is getting the benefits bill down, Peter White says it has forgotten the day-to-day extra costs disabled people face. Is Britain broke or not? One minute we're being told to pull up the drawbridge, pull in our horns; … Continue reading PIP migration: has the Government lost the plot?

Losers in the Tories’ cynical game

Reflecting on actions announced at the recent Conservative party conference, Ian Macrae says that Tories are attacking the underclass their predecessors created. Being on Tyneside during the 1980s was not necessarily unremittingly depressing or grim. But it was a time and place from which lessons can and should be drawn. The demise - some would … Continue reading Losers in the Tories’ cynical game