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).

DLA claimants 65+ transfer to Pensions Directorate in DWP

DLA claimants 65+ transfer to Pensions Directorate in DWP

DLA claimants age 65 years or over transfer to Pensions
Directorate in DWP

From Wednesday 25 February, contact numbers for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants whose date of
birth is on or before 8 April 1948 have changed-
For those born on or before 8 April 1948
Telephone: 0345 605 6055 Telephone: 0845 605 6055 Textphone: 0345 604 5312
For those born on or after 9 April 1948
Telephone: 0345 712 3456 Telephone: 0845 712 3456 Textphone: 0345 722 4433

Tories – more benefit cuts planned

Tories- £12billion More of Benefit Cuts

The BBC has seen DWP documents during an investigation into where the earmarked £12billion in benefit cuts may be made-‘Carer’s Allowance – this could be restricted to those eligible for Universal Credit. Leaked documents suggest about 40% of claimants would lose out. DWP predicted saving – £1bn. The contributory element of Employment and Support Allowance
and Job Seekers Allowance – currently claimants who have paid enough
National Insurance contributions can get the benefits with little means testing; DWP analysis suggests 30% of claimants, over 300,000 families, would lose about £80 per week. DWP predicted saving – £1.3bn in 2018/19. Disability benefits – Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance (for over 65s who have personal care needs) would no longer be paid tax free. Possible saving – £1.5bn per annum
(based on IFS Green Budget calculation). Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme – could be replaced by companies providing industrial injury insurance policy for employees. Any that did not would become members of a default national industrial injuries scheme, similar to the programme for asbestos sufferers. DWP predicted saving – £1bn. Council Tax Support – to be incorporated into Universal Credit. Possible saving – not known.
Child Benefit – Limiting the benefit to the first two children. Possible saving
IFS estimates £1bn saving per annum in the long run but little initially.
Regional Benefit Caps – The £23,000 limit would vary in different parts of the country, with for instance Londoners receiving the top amount due to the higher cost of living. Possible saving – not known and dependent on where levels were set.’