Press Release from Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors: The Government has amended its controversial ‘under-occupation penalty’ scheme, commonly known as the ‘bedroom tax.’ Disabled children who are unable to share a bedroom because of their disabilities will now be exempt from the scheme. The change in policy follows two defeats in the courts
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More families with children are living in bed and breakfast accommodation in England than for almost 10 years. There are 2,090 families living in this form of emergency housing, government figures show an increase of 8% on 2012, Homelessness legislation stipulates that bed and breakfasts should be avoided for families, but their use has been rising since 2009. The legislation also states that families should be in B&Bs for no longer than six weeks, but 760 of the 2,090 families had been living there longer at the end of June – a 10% increase on last year, according to research published by the housing charity Shelter.
More than 43,000 homeless households with children were living in other forms of emergency temporary accommodation – usually privately rented short-term flats, which are expensive – an increase of 9% on last year. Homeless families in this kind of emergency accommodation fell between 2005 and 2010, after a government commitment to halve the number by 2010, but they have been rising again since June 2011.
Article written by Amelia Gentleman, for The Guardian on Monday 4th November 2013 Via the Welfare News Website Click HERE to read full article
The Charity Finance Group (CFG) today submitted comments on new financial reporting guidance for charities.The Charity ‘Statement of Recommended Practice’ (SORP) is the principal document informing charities on how they should report income, spending and activities to the general public.The Charities SORP has not been updated since 2005 and the new version had to incorporate major changes in the accounting and reporting framework for the UK and Ireland.
Story by Andrew Holt in Charity Times click HERE for full Story
Let's not forget that his blustering and blundering leads to a great deal of human suffering
Men lie for many reasons: to boost their ego, to hide their failings and to advance their ambitions. The sole impressive characteristic of Iain Duncan Smith – the winch that lifts him out of his otherwise incurable mediocrity – is his ability to lie for every reason imaginable, even when he knows his audience must find him out. If he told me that two plus two made four, I'd ask for a second opinion.
Nick Cohen in the the Observer, Saturday 2 November Click HERE to read full story
The Healthwatch Newcastle Advice, Information and Signposting service previously provided by Newcastle Citizen’s Advice Bureau (NCAB) is now being provided by Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (NCVS) and Involve North East (INE). External customers will notice no difference in service provision. NCAB are no longer in the partnership providing support to Healthwatch Newcastle with NCVS and INE continuing to work with the Healthwatch Newcastle Board to provide Healthwatch Newcastle.
For updates about the work of Healthwatch Newcastle please go to www.healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk
Charities have slammed disability benefit rules which require disabled people to be able to prove that they cannot walk more than 20 metres before they can secure entitlement to the highest rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
In a strong worded letter to PM David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg, which is signed by over 50 charities whom collectively make up the Disability Benefit Consortium (DBC), the charities claim that the changes will leave large swathes of disabled people “without vital support and trapped in their own homes”.
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A 59-year-old man from Bolton had his benefits stopped after being found ‘Fit For Work’ despite recovering from emergency brain surgery in Salford Royal Hospital.
Rana Ahmed, who collapsed with a brain hemorrhage and suffered a stroke on June 26th, went without food for three weeks until he reached out for help from a local advice centre on July 9th.
Mr. Ahmed, who is a former chef, was forced to give up working part-time in two Bolton restaurants after his blood pressure became dangerously high and later lodged a claim for sickness benefit, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), in April 2012.
Despite suffering from headaches and blackouts he was declared ‘fit for work’ by a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision maker following a Work Capability Assessment. He appealed the decision.
It was whilst he was lying in a hospital bed recovering from brain surgery that Mr Ahmed received a letter from the DWP informing him that the tribunal had upheld the decision that he did not have “a limited capability for work.”
Mr. Ahmed was told that he would have to reapply for ESA as the nature of his illness has “changed”.
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The Government has published the above guide updated to reflect recent changes to where Universal Credit is available. Click HERE to view
The Government published the above guide updated to reflect recent changes to where Universal Credit is available and to reflect the introduction of work coaches in Jobcentres.
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The World Health Organization has said “overall rates of psychiatric disorder are almost identical for men and women”. Perhaps fearing accusations of sexism, most mental health professionals would probably agree. However having analysed the best evidence currently available: 12 large-scale, national epidemiological surveys. Daniel Freeman Professor of clinical psychology university of oxford states that a remarkably consistent picture emerged. In any given year, women appear to experience significantly higher overall rates of psychological disorder than men. The most comprehensive of these surveys – the Mental Health Supplement of the German National Health Interview and Examination Survey – found that 25% of men had experienced a psychological disorder in the previous 12 months; the figure for women was 37%.
Reviewed by Jason Freeman 21 October 2013, on The Conversation website
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