Carers under stress

Carers under stress

According to research published this month, almost 8 million informal carers across the UK are under significant stress and financial strain, – 15% of the population see themselves as informal carers, and 10% have been informal carers in the past.

So a quarter of the population is or has been involved in caring for someone without being paid for it, or with limited financial support. If this is you, and you are struggling financially or feel you have limited leisure or educational or personal time, you may be able to get services from the Council through a Carer’s Assessment. If you need some help with applying for Carer’s Allowance, or with going through a carer’s assessment of your needs, or with getting a food parcel, or managing debt, we can help you with this.
We can also directing you to cheap or free products and services you can use to help make ends meet.If you think we may be able to help, Contact us.
Check out Wolverhampton’s Carer Support website and service to see how they can help you. You can find carer’s support here>

PIP Mental Health & impairment Changes

PIP Mental Health & impairment Changes

Who will this affect?

People who get PIP mobility component for overwhelming psychological distress if alone on journeys  – people who have anxiety attacks, social phobias, extreme stress outside the home

This may include people with some mental health conditions,  learning disabilities or other cognitive impairments, where overwhelmng distress is a factor

New and review PIP claimants who have been getting high rate mobility because they cant follow the route of a familiar journey unless they have someone with them, due to overwhelming psychological distress, will now only be entitled to 10 points instead of 12 and will thus only qualify for standard rate mobility/getting around instead of high rate. People with mental health conditions or mental impairment conditions who were getting points because they could not plan a journey because of overwhelming psychological distress, or couldn’t go on an unfamiliar journey without someone for the same reason will no longer get points.

You will only get enough points to qualify for mobility element of PIP if:

 Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant (10 points)