Almost a third of assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are not ‘up to scratch’, according to recent figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This revelation follows a series of problems with the benefits system, which are causing unacceptable levels of stress to disabled people across the UK. A DWP report published last month identified errors in the payment of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that could affect 75,000 disabled people. This has created an unnecessary burden on recipients, who have to navigate a broken system to receive payments that are a lifeline for disabled people and their families. The assessment can take several months, taking a toll on applicants’ physical and mental health. Many disabled people can and want to work but for some it is not possible. Vital ESA payments are essential to their independence, and many say that not receiving the financial assistance they need makes it harder to move into … [Read more...] about Disabled People Are Hit Hard By A Benefits System Which Continues To Unravel
Life by Press Association April 9, 2018, 8:01 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The majority of deaf and disabled people have experienced problems and largely feel discriminated against when trying to book tickets to live music events, according to a new report. The difficulties were highlighted by charity Attitude is Everything as it announced a new coalition to tackle the issue. The charity, which works to help deaf and disabled audiences get the best access to live music, unveiled its Ticketing Without Barriers coalition on Monday as it published its fourth State of Access report. Attitude is Everything’s findings showed that 80% of the 349 people questioned had experienced problems while booking tickets, and that 79% have been put off buying tickets due to non-accessible booking systems. The research found that 73% felt discriminated against because of their disability. It also found that, while 37% of those … [Read more...] about Deaf and disabled people ‘discriminated against’ when booking live music tickets
The number of disabled people in the UK is on the rise. According to new Government data, there are now 13.9 million disabled people in the UK. That means disabled people now make up 22% of the UK population – more than one in five. And yet Scope’s research shows nearly half the population don’t know a disabled person. Clearly, something isn’t adding up. The reality is that vast numbers of disabled people continue to be excluded from many parts of society. Employment is just one area where time and time again, disabled people are too often unfairly excluded. There are a million disabled people in the UK who can and want to work, but continue to come up against employers’ poor attitudes and inaccessible working practices. The Government has pledged to get a million more disabled people into work, but we need to see swift action leading to genuine change in the workplace. Failure to make changes will result in a scandalous waste of talent, not only damaging … [Read more...] about There Are Now Nearly 14 Million Disabled People In The UK – So Why Doesn’t Society Reflect This?
By Russell Hargrave A leading charity has warned that the government is in danger of excluding disabled people from a key area of economic policy. Disability Rights UK, which campaigns for people living with impairments and health conditions, has sounded the alarm over a consultation on Britain's economic future. "Despite disabled people being the largest demographic group not economically active, there is no reference to them or the steps that will specifically address their economic exclusion," Disabled Rights UK said in its response to a consultation on the government’s industrial strategy. The omission is "potentially illegal" in light of the government's international obligations to protect disabled people, the response adds. It comes despite a promise by ministers to bring more than one million more people with disabilities into the workplace. The government has promoted its industrial strategy as a way to strengthen Britain’s economy and skills as the country … [Read more...] about Warning over new exclusion threat for disabled people
Disabled people will now have to pay to park at Calderdale Royal Hospital while staff, patients and visitors face a price rise. New car parking arrangements at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have been introduced and will include a 30 minute drop-off/pick-up period before charges apply. Blue badge holders will now be charged at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust sites but will still have access to accessible parking spaces as close to hospital as possible.Disabled people will only be able to claim their money back if they have proof they are on benefits.A new system has been launched allowing disabled drivers on low incomes to recoup their money if they can demonstrate they can’t afford to pay.Car parking charges will be £2.50 for up to two hours, £5 for up to four hours, £6 for up to six hours and £7 for up to 24 hours. Free parking will also continue for families who are long-term visitors who have an arrangement with … [Read more...] about Disabled people to pay at Calderdale Royal hospital as parking charges rise