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A new PIP consultation

The DWP are consulting the public on changing the PIP guidelines for aids and appliances, presenting five new options. See the end of this post for a quick overview and link to the full document. Although there are some sensible suggestions in the DWP consultation document, I have some strong concerns. Rather than trying to improve the […]

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No Time for Complacency

An initial response to the budget by one of our team of writers.   Many of us were feeling an impending sense of doom in the run-up to yesterday’s budget, with reported leaks of alarming plans such as taxing or means-testing disability benefits. And so the budget speech sounded almost positive by contrast. Disability benefits […]

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Letter to Iain Duncan Smith – on deaths and work capability assessments

Dear Mr Duncan Smith Yesterday, an email from ‘They work for you’ told me of the following exchange in  parliament on Monday 22 June 2015, in which Maria Rimmer MP asked a straightforward question:   “May I ask again why the Government are refusing to publish—even though the Information Commissioner has instructed them to do so—the up-to-date statistics relating […]

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The Benefit of Benefits – Natalie’s Story

Natalie Collins was assaulted by her husband almost ten years ago, while she was pregnant with her second child. Escaping the violence of her partner, she found herself dependent on benefits as a young single mother of a very ill premature baby. This is Natalie’s moving story of the reality of being on benefits, and the difference that […]

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Petition – Stop Access to Work Cuts for Disabled People

The government want to cut work access for disabled people, which seems a shame when they have been emphasising that they want disabled people to be in employment rather than out-of-work benefits. This cut particularly affects people who have difficulty seeing or difficulty hearing, who want to work. It is about equal access to work, so it’s […]

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