The Government has announced that disabled people who are turned down for the enhanced mobility rate of Personal Independence Payment and lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme will be able to keep their cars for longer. DR UK is concerned that these changes won’t help disabled people who have long waiting times for appeals in their local area. Read more
via Disability Rights UK news
Why restrictions on Personal Independence Payment should not go ahead: In her latest blog, DR UK CEO Liz Sayce says that proposed changes to PIP are bad news for disabled people, both because of the financial cost and the knock-on effects on other outcomes that the Government is explicitly aiming to address. Read her blog and find out more about PIP changes
The Department for Work and Pensions has appointed Paul Gray to lead the second independent review of PIP. It will consider how evidence is being used to assist the correct claim decision and the speed and effectiveness of information-gathering. A call for evidence is now open and will be concluded by April 2017.
National Voices have produced a briefing paper on the integral value of Personal Budgets to NHS care.
Often, Personal Budgets are seen as a potential opt-out but should be regarded as a welcome advance towards more ‘people powered’ services.
See the briefing at: www.nationalvoices.org.uk