New Blue Badge Rules proposed

New Blue Badge Rules proposed

The Department of Transport is considering widening the scope of Blue Badge scheme, so that people with less obvious impairments like autism and dementia are able to get blue badge parking.

They are also looking at increasing the type of professionals who can assess for a blue badge.

You can have your say in this consultation here>>

DWP not defending PIP Challenge

DWP not defending PIP Challenge

Last year, the DWP changed PIP rules for people with mental health problems, which meant that people who “cant follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress” could no longer get high rate mobility – losing £1,872 a year in benefits.

In a recent post (found here>) we told you that a judge ruled that this was discriminatory, and not in the spirit of the law. The decision was stayed (on hold) depending on a case about the same kind of thing, brought by the DWP and to be heard in June this year.

Excellent news is that the DWP have decided not to appeal the decision, so now people with mental health problems are able to be considered for high rate mobility. According to the Government Minister Esther McVey, about 220,000 claims are affected.

People who only got 10 points – standard rate mobility – for being unable to “follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress” will now be given 12 points and high rate mobility.
If this is you will be getting a letter from the DWP in the next few months telling you of the change, and backpaying the extra benefit to you.

Legal Challenge to PIP on Mental Illnesses

Legal Challenge to PIP on Mental Illnesses

Omega Care is offering a series of free bereavement support groups;

  • Share experiences and learn from others in similar situations
  • Discover new coping skills and begin to focus on the future
  • Develop your own plan for moving forward with life


Friday 21st October 2016 Introductory taster session

Drop in any time between 11:00am and 1:00pm for a chat with facilitator Jane Hunt to learn more about how the programme can help you at St James’s Church Hall, Belfry Drive, Wollaston, Stourbridge DY8 3SE


Contact Omega care for life

01743 245 088

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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.

How accessible is your hospital?

How accessible is your hospital?

The University of Bristol Centre for Disability Studies is doing some research about how hospitals in England make changes, or ‘reasonable adjustments’, to their services so that disabled people are not disadvantaged when accessing healthcare. Examples of reasonable adjustments include: providing a ramp entrance, a loop hearing system, or longer appointment times, as well as sending letters in easy-read format or large print.

They are interested in hearing about disabled people’s experiences of reasonable adjustments and are currently looking for people who would like to be interviewed about their experiences. They would like to know how hospital services have provided reasonable adjustments to meet your needs, as well as learning about what has worked well, and what could have been better.

The interview will take about an hour, and they can either come and talk with you in person or talk to you over the telephone. All disabled people who take part in this interview will be offered a £20 gift voucher.

To be able to take part, we ask that you self-identify as a disabled person, are aged 18 or over, and have attended, or been admitted to any hospital in England in the last two years.

If you are interested in taking part in the project, or would like more information, please contact either Dr Stuart Read:, 0117 331 0471; or Victoria Mason:, by Friday 30th September 2016.

Universal Credit – what you need to know

Universal Credit – what you need to know

Universal Credit will be rolled out in Wolverhampton between December 2015 and April 2016.

Announcements so far indicate that to start with the only single people who would otherwise have claimed Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance due to unemployment will be put on Universal Credit, but this may change.

The government says Universal Credit will make the benefits system easier, to to make sure it pays to be in work.

It will  replace a number of different ‘working-age’ benefits including Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.
It is expected that claims will be made ‘online’ via computer.

One Voice can help you with this – we have a number of tablet computers so we can help people filling in forms and making claims

Universal Credit payments are made monthly in arrears and will include an allowance for housing costs (rent or mortgage interest).