As a response to Questions raised by Disability Groups in relation to the assessment criteria rules around the mobility component, of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) MHNE has Learnt that the Department for Work and Pensions is about to launch a further consultation in late June.
This consultation will run alongside the independent review the department has announced for 2014. The DWP has stated that the results from both consultation and review will be considered before reassessing the majority of existing claimants of Disability Living Allowance, It also stated that claims for PIP will continue to be processed under the current benefit rules until the outcomes of the consultation are decided and that Individuals should continue to claim PIP as normal.
For more information, please see the department’s website.
Third Sector reported Last month many charities decided to withdraw from involvement with the Work Programme. First, Tomorrow’s People transferred its contract to the Careers Development Group (CDG), at the start of the month. According to Third sector, The employment charity cited the lack of referrals as the reason why it transferred the contract in Barking and Dagenham to CDG. Then, Third Sector reported on 12 June, the Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea withdrew from the Work Programme after 18 months because the programme ‘restricted the way the charity worked with its clients’,. Most recently,an article in the Guardian reported. that the Creative Society has also ceased its involvement with the Work Programme, also citing lack of referrals as the reason, Please click on the in text links to read more
National MIND's latest Campaign on the use of physical restraint in psychiatric units. Follow the link below to see how different areas compare to the national average
The report from NTW Foundation Trust can be accessed by clicking on the link below
MHNE welcomes new pilot scheme which will see nurses on police patrols to deal with mental health cases
The BBC reported this week that nurses will go out on police patrols to deal with mental health problems. This scheme will be tested across four pilot areas: Derbyshire, Devon & Cornwall, North Yorkshire and Sussex force areas following the success of a street triage services in Cleveland and Leicestershire.
MHNE comment: We welcome this approach and will be following the pilot schemes closely over their duration. We are particularly concerned about the detainment of young people in custody suites across the North East and are currently working in partnership with our member organisations, who work with young people experiencing mental ill health, and North East Police Crime Commissioners to review the current situation and identify how we can reduce incidences of detainment. If the four pilot schemes prove to be successful, as in the case of Cleveland and Leicestershire, we would hope to see a similar approach rolled out to support young people experiencing mental ill health and who find themselves involved with the police. Currently we know that in some areas the only option police officers have is to detain vulnerable and distressed young people in police cells simply because there is no other appropriate care provision available.
Newcastle City Council has produced a briefing note about the introduction of the social size criteria reduction to Housing Benefit (commonly known as the bedroom tax). The briefing note highlights the Council’s response. The bedroom tax began in April and is one of four major Welfare Reform changes currently being implemented
To find out more visit http://digbig.com/5bhnbx
PIP is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces Disability Living Allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive. Disability Rights UK has produced this free guide to help with the claiming process.
To find out more visit www.disabilityrightsuk.org/personal-independence-payment-pip
Organisations providing services and activities for children, young people and families can register to include their information in the Family Services Directory (FSD) through the My Hub tool on the Newcastle Families Information Service website. Organisations can amend their records for themselves as well as adding their events to the events calendar.
To find out more visit www.newcastlefis.org.uk and click Register (top right corner) or for a written guide to the process visit http://digbig.com/5bhnbe or for further help phone 0191 277 4133
Community treatment orders (CTO's) provide compulsory supervision outside psychiatric hospital. However, the Mental Elf blog argues that, despite seemingly wide use of the orders, very little evidence exists to support their efficacy, and clinical opinion appears to be divided.
The Antisocial Behaviour, Policing and Crime Bill went through its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 10th June. The Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ), a coalition of organisations committed to youth justice reform, has put together a briefing on the bill in which it calls for the government to: retain the current definition of ASB; keep the criminal standard of proof test of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’; introduce a pre-order assessment of health, mental health and welfare needs; restrict the reporting of ASB proceedings involving under-18s; remove the possibility of imprisonment as a sanction for breach by under-18s; and delete the mandatory eviction clause. You can read the full briefing here<http://www.scyj.org.uk/files/ASB_Crime_Policing_Bill_second_reading_briefing_June_5_2013.pdf>
Clinks Member Together has published 'A common sense approach to working with women with health and wellbeing needs in the criminal justice system', providing practical advice on working with women, highlighting women’s gender-specific needs and covering a range of circumstances, from mental health needs to domestic violence. Download it here<http://www.together-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/02/Together-Common-sense-guide-2013.pdf>