Update: The DWP are delaying the reassessment for some DLA claimants by 3 weeks until 28 October, following the consultation on the PIP ‘moving around’ assessment criteria, to give the government more time to consider responses and to respond.and have published a guide to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) information for support organisations to use in their own communications. Please click on the link below to access
In his debut blog for The Mental Elf, Ian Cummins discusses austerity, stigma and suicide in people with mental health issues.
The blog looks at the National Confidential report from Manchester University which explores trends in suicide and murders committed by people with mental illness. According to the report, 1333 people in England with mental health issues took their own lives during 2011 - an average of three each day.
NECA have rooms available for hire for meetings and presentations at Derwent Point and Clasper House, ideal for 12-20 people. Both venues have modern fittings and include a laptop, data projector and refreshments.For more prices and more information contact NECA on 0191 414 6446.
Darlington Association on Disability Centre for Independent Living D.A.D.’s “Stronger Voices…Strong Support”
This is a new project, funded by the Department of Health to support personalisation in Darlington and surrounding areas.
Stronger Voices can:-
• Give disabled people and carers information and advice to understand Personalisation and get better outcomes from their Personal Budgets!
• Provide Peer Support and mentoring!
• Offer sustained one-to-one support to those who need it!
• Support people to make their own Support Plans!
This could help professionals to:
• have more time to focus on priority work.
• embrace the culture changes needed to empower disabled people and informal carers to take control of their plans
and help disabled people and carers to:
• have more time to think about their support and to find creative solutions that maximize their choice and control.
• gain new skills and develop existing skills, reducing the need for professional input.
For Further Information Helpline/contact number: 01325 267757 Text number: 07624 818780
New sanctions rules came into force for Jobseeker�s Allowance (JSA) claimants in October 2012. They broadly align the rules for JSA sanctions with the rules to be introduced for Universal Credit and introduce:
��3 categories of sanction � �higher�, �intermediate� and �lower� � depending on the nature of the offence
��different levels of sanction for first, second and third offences
��changes to the date a sanction starts
Previously, a sanction started from the beginning of the benefit week after the Decision Maker (DM) decided to impose the sanction. However, to ensure that claimants see the consequences of their actions or inactions sooner, the new rules enable DMs to impose sanctions at a time closer to the offence. The new sanction period begins:
��on the first day of the benefit week in which the offence occurred, if the claimant has not been paid JSA for that week, or
��on the first day of the benefit week following the date the claimant was last paid JSA
This document gives an overview of the new rules. Please click HERE to access
Disabled activists from grassroots campaigns Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC),� Black Triangle and Mental Health Resistance Network have occupied the BBC building in London to protest against the role the media are playing in worsening attitudes towards disabled people and a complete failure to give space to the realities of what this government are doing to disabled people.
This fact sheet is aimed at support organisations who work with disabled people. It highlights the additional benefits and services from across government which PIP claimants may be entitiled to. Eligibility by way of PIP component (daily living or mobility) and rate of payment (standard or enhanced) is given, along with links to other websites with further information.
This fact sheet provides details of the changes in circumstances that Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants need to report to DWP.
This fact sheet is aimed at support organisations who work with disabled people. It details what PIP claimants need to report to DWP and what they do not need to report. It also provides contact details for claimants to provide notification to the department.
The DWP have produced a guide to the changes in the current appeals process. There are three changes and the guidance explains in further detail how these changes will be implemented in practice:
- DWP will reconsider all decisions before an appeal
- Appeals must be sent directly to HMCTS
- Time limits for DWP to return responses to HMCTS