|GMB says at least 166,000 in Social Care Debt and more than 1,100 taken to court: Ken Butler, Welfare Rights Adviser for Disability Rights UK said, “the situation uncovered by the GMB shows the need for urgent reform of both the welfare benefit and social care systems. Good social care should be a right to all that need it and should not mean falling into a spiral of debt in order to pay for it” Read more
Atos and Capita 2 year extension continues problems: PIP videos may cause more: On Tuesday 5 June, Sarah Newton (Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work) announced pilots for the video recording of PIP assessments, something which will eventually be a standard part of the PIP assessment process. The statement also said that there would be an extension of Capita and Atos contracts for a further two years to “better allow for a stable transition to any new provision.” Disability Rights UK has concerns about both these announcements. Read more
Changes in UC transitional protection rules for those on or who lost severe disability premium: In this statement, made by Esther McVey (The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) the Government makes changes to the transitional payment rules for claimants in receipt of severe disability premium who move onto universal credit. DR UK welcomes this announcement. Currently the loss of the SDP on disabled people claiming UC means that they lose around £180 per month. Further, the commitment to ensure that past SDP losers will not miss out is also to be welcomed. But we do have concerns about how the Government will identify claimants (another slow trawl?) – about how transitional payments diminish over time – and about future new claimants, who will lose around £2,000 annually. Read more
Sign the Care and Support Alliance letter today to end the care crisis: After surveying nearly 4,000 people, the Care and Support Alliance (CSA) uncovered a shocking picture of neglect. People are unable to get the basic care and support they need and enough is enough. DR UK is a member of the Care and Support Alliance. Fill in this form to join us in writing to Jeremy Hunt. The more names we gather, the harder it will be for the minister to ignore.
Bromley Council wrongly made care cuts without reassessing needs: A man with special needs should not have had his support package significantly cut by the London Borough of Bromley, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Read more
Calls to our Personal Budgets helpline show that this is a common problem facing many disabled people, where personal budgets are cut. Without a proper reassessment of care needs, cuts to a care package often place a greater burden onto family members who are already providing a great deal of support.