A Wolverhampton Christmas Carol

A Wolverhampton Christmas Carol

The   Alzheimer’s Society is putting on another of their fabulous Christmas Carol concerts in aid of people with Dementia tonight.

Their annual Carol Concert will be returning to St Johns in the square, Wolverhampton on the 14 December! Come and join in for a magical evening of carols, festive treats and celebrity guests all in support of Alzheimer’s Society. Together we will unite against dementia.

Location: St John’s Square, Wolverhampton WV2 4BZ

Date: Thursday 14 December 2017

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Doors open at 6.00pm)

orange ribbon day

orange ribbon day

Today is orange ribbon day. It is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

It takes place during a 16 day campaign against on gender-based violence between 25th November and 10th of December

And ask us to – turn the world orange!

The U. N. website states:

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

“Gender inequality persists worldwide. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms. … From 2005 to 2016 for 87 countries, 19 per cent of women between 15 and 49 years of age said they had experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the most extreme cases, such violence can lead to death. In 2012, almost half of all women who were victims of intentional homicide worldwide were killed by an intimate partner or family member, compared to 6 per cent of male victims.”

The orange ribbon campaign aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change.

You can find out more here>>

Wear an orange ribbon or some orange clothing today, and tell people about the campaign.

Universal Credit in wolverhampton

Universal Credit in wolverhampton

Wolverhampton will start full Universal Credit from 13th December 2017. This will effect all new claimants

It will start at some parts of Wolverhampton postcodes before others because that is how Jobcentre Plus works.

For example,  WV3 postcodes will go to full Universal Credit from 13th December 2017, but only some WV10 postcodes go onto full Universal Credit on 13th December whilst others will not go to Universal Credit on 14th February 2018.

You can download a map that was produced by Wolverhampton Council’s Welfare Rights Team. The map is tells you which postcodes are affected and when. You can get the map here>>

One Voice Advocacy Service thanks Wolverhampton Council Welfare Benefits Team for sharing this information with us, so that we could tell you about it.

PIP – Changes in guidance to DWP

PIP – Changes in guidance to DWP

Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, has, this month made some changes to the guidance for the DWP about how they decide whether someone can do something safely and whether they require supervison which will help quite a few disabled people to get the decisions (and benefit rates) they are entitled to. Here is what she said:

Today I am publishing an updated version of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Assessment Guide which provides guidance for Health Professionals carrying out PIP assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. The department routinely updates the Guide to further clarify the policy intent and to bring it in line with legislative requirements.

PIP contributes to the extra costs faced by people with disabilities and health conditions. It is a modern, dynamic benefit that was introduced to replace the outdated Disability Living Allowance (DLA) system. PIP is a fairer benefit, which takes a much wider look at the way an individual’s health condition or disability impacts them on a daily basis. Under PIP, 29 per cent of claimants are receiving the highest possible support, compared with just 15 per cent under DLA.

The updated guidance will reflect binding case law following an Upper Tribunal judgment handed down on 9th March 2017 on how DWP considers a claimant to be carrying out an activity safely and whether they need supervision to do so. This will increase entitlement for a number of both new and existing claimants, largely those with conditions such as epilepsy, which affect consciousness. The Department estimates approximately 10,000 claims will benefit by £70 – £90 per week in 2022/2023.

In the case of existing claimants the Department for Work and Pensions will undertake an exercise to go through all existing cases and identify anyone who may be entitled to more. We will then write to those people affected and all payments will be backdated to the date of the change in case law.

Alongside these changes, we have brought the Guide in line with the Social Security (Personal Independent Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and have made amendments to descriptors within activity 3 (managing therapy or monitoring a health condition) and mobility activity 1 (planning and following a journey) to reflect this. We are making these changes to clarify the original policy intent.

Also, following consultation with stakeholders, and to more clearly communicate existing case law, the guidance has also been changed to add clarity for Health Professionals around assessing claimants with sensory difficulties. These changes will ensure that the needs of those with sensory difficulties are properly taken into account within activity 9 (engaging with others face to face) and mobility activity 1 (planning and following a journey).

The Department has also made changes to mobility activity 1 to reflect the challenges may be faced by those with sensory difficulties in the event of disruptions to a journey. Finally, Activities 7 (communicating verbally) and 9 (engaging with others face to face) have now been clarified to re-iterate the original policy intent that the two activities are not mutually exclusive, these changes will benefit a number of affected individuals.

You can see this statement on the Parliament website here>>
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS216

This change comes as a result of caselaw. The decision by the Upper Tribunal in CPIP/1599/2016 which can be found here>>

The case is about someone with epilepsy, and should help people who still have unpredictable seizures despite medication.

The Judges state (para. 56):

An assessment that an activity cannot be carried out safely does not require that the occurrence of harm is “more
likely than not”. In assessing whether a person can carry out an activity safely, a tribunal must consider whether there is a real possibility that cannot be ignored of harm occurring, having regard to the nature and gravity of the feared harm in the
particular case. It follows that both the likelihood of the harm occurring and the severity of the consequences are relevant. The same approach applies to the assessment of a need for supervision.

Transport to local hospitals

Transport to local hospitals

The 59 accessible bus goes every 5 minutes from stand G in the bus station, and stops outside New Cross hospital.
The 57 People’s Express bus arrives once an hour and will take you into the grounds of New Cross hospital, the bus is not accessible.

For some journeys to a hospital for treatment, you may be able to use the ambulance service. Ask at your Doctor’s surgery for details. You will be entitled to use an ambulance only if your medical condition requires it.
You may be able to obtain help with your travelling expenses when you go into hospital for NHS treatment and when you come out of hospital, or when you go to and from hospital as an outpatient. If you need someone to travel with you, you may also be able to get help with the cost of their fare. Leaflet HC11, entitled ‘Help with Health Costs’, gives more information, you can get one from your Post Office, JobCentre Plus, or NHS Hospital.

Telephone the Health Cost Advice Line 0845 850 1166 for more information,

or visit:  http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Travelcosts.aspx

Equality Commission wants your views on housing

Equality Commission wants your views on housing

From the EHRC:

In December last year, the Commission launched a formal inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain. The inquiry will reveal whether disabled people’s rights to live independently are being fulfilled across England, Scotland and Wales.
We are now calling for evidence and want disabled people and relevant organisations to share their experiences of housing and tenancy support provision with us. We will publish our findings and recommendations in early 2018.

The Commission has a legal power, under section 16 of the Equality Act 2006, to conduct an inquiry into anything relating to its equality and human rights duties. This helps us to collect evidence to gain a clear picture of a particular sector or issue, where we feel there is a benefit to wider society. We can then use our findings to make recommendations.

What is the problem?

Housing and associated support is an important part of independent living. Without appropriate housing it is much harder to access employment, education, leisure and recreational opportunities and the risk of illness and disability is increased.

According to one housing report, there are 1.8 million disabled people whose housing needs are not met. Another report estimated that there is only enough funding to pay for one in every ten people who want to adapt their homes.

Tenancy support and advice, such as help with budgeting, can help to make sure people are able to stay in their rented home and are not forced to leave. These services are particularly important for some groups, such as people with learning disabilities. There is a worry that less funding may mean these services are taken away. There is also a worry that not enough accessible or adaptable houses are being built to meet the needs of disabled people.

The EHRC call for evidence is open until 23:59 on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

We want to hear from disabled people and relevant organisations in England, Scotland and Wales. We want to understand whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services around it, fulfils disabled people’s rights to live independently

For further information about the inquiry please contact EHRCHousingInquiry@equalityhumanrights.com

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