ESA and fitness for work

ESA and fitness for work

The rules governing ESA fitness for work, include one known as regulation 29. This rule is for people who dont get the points they need in order to be found not fit for work. The regulation states that if a person should be treated as if s/he is not fit for work, and only fit for work related activity, if s/e has has an illness or impairment which means there is a substantial risk to their mental physical health.
Substantial risk is decided by assessing of the type of work suitable for the claimant based on his/her background, experience, and the impairment or condition.

It is something you should ask a Tribunal to consider, if you think it applies to you. It is helpful if you can get a letter from your GP stating what your illnesses or disabilities are and how they make it dangerous to your health if you are found fit for work.

 

Donate to Alzheimer’s Society

Donate to Alzheimer’s Society

Help Paul a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society to raise money for their work supporting people with Alzheimer’s in the West Midlands by donating directly to his fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Ryder5.
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer’s Society and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Paul says : Thank you for your support!

Windrush Discrimination Continues

Windrush Discrimination Continues

We have all heard the news stories on the disgraceful way the British Government is treating the British people who came here on the Windrush and other ships. People who were invited here to fill the gaps in the Labour Force.
The Windrush generation were citizens who got the vote up until recently, when the Home Office under the Tory Government decided to start “deporting” them to places they had never known as home.

This discrimination is being made worse for disabled people. The Guardian tells the story of a 66 year old lady who came to UK from Jamaica on her aunt’s passport when she was 4 years old – too young to have a passport of her own. She has lived here, worked here, paid taxes here, and been a citizen here for longer than anyone in the Cabinet has been alive.

First she was told she was going to be deported, then she was told that she would have to pay back £33,000 in disability benefits, because she was “not a citizen”

The fear and worry of this sudden announcement led to severe depression and thoughts of suicide. Is this how we treat out black brothers and sisters? If you think discrimination against black people and disabled people is wrong, write to your MP and tell them.

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Universal Credit Legal Case

Universal Credit Legal Case

Universal Credit is now up and running in Wolverhampton for all new claims for adults (excluding PIP).
New claims for ESA now come under the umbrella of Universal Credit. But severely disabled people without a carer are penalised under this system and losing between £178 and £395 a month, because Severe Disability Premium and Enhanced Disability Premium are abolished under Universal Credit.

The Government says the money will be made up by top-up payments, but these payments don’t come into force until July 2019 – in the meantime disabled people are losing much needed money, that they rely on.

A terminally ill man is bringing a case to Court this month for Judicial Review of this policy, on the grounds that it makes a lie of the government’s stated intention regarding Universal Credit which was supposed to give additional support on the severely disabled.

We will inform you of the outcome on this page.

Ex-army helpline

Ex-army helpline

A helpline for ex-soldiers who are experiencing poor mental health, after they have left the army starts today.

The helpline will be funded by the Ministry of Defence, and can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The helpline number is – 0800 323 4444

Get out and do something!

Get out and do something!

Loneliness and isolation are linked to poor health and wellbeing, especially in the colder months, older or disabled people can get quite isolated and go for days without seeing or speaking to anyone. Family carers also often do not get out and take some social time for themselves. You can help yourself to make sure you are not isolated by getting out of the house and meeting people at free events in Wolverhampton.

The City council puts on events in Wolverhampton parks and open spaces throughout the year.

You can find out what is on, here>

Or if you want to go for a walk, with others, sign up to Walks for Health, and meets some new people. Find out details here>

If you would rather be indoors, how about a visit to one of local galleries? Bilston gallery has a great rocks and fossils exhibit on all year.
Featuring objects from many of the town’s industries, including cut steel jewellery, bicycles and the world-famous Bilston Enamels, you’ll learn about famous Bilston companies including Sankey, Beldray and Sunbeam.

At Wolverhampton Art Gallery you can Bagpuss, the Clangers and other puppets from TV are the big draw. You can look at the original puppets, sets, and filming equipment. See how characters developed, and learn how the tv programmed did their stop-frame animation and have a go yourself. Its free, its fun, and it runs until the end of April.

If you speak a bit of French or Spanish, and want to practice it with others, there are meet-ups at the Lighthouse cafe.