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Welcome to the latest Independent Living news roundup.
03.04.19 Contents:
Foundations downsizing pilot
Support for work with a disability
Funerals market investigation
Osteo vs Rheumatoid arthritis
New from Companion
Latest updates – Benefit rates
1. Foundations downsizing pilots

We are all used to thinking about Disabled Facilities Grants in terms of adapting people’s existing homes to make them more accessible. But they can – and should – be used more flexibly.

Foundations, the umbrella group for Home Improvement Agencies, is looking at what can be done to provide support to enable people to make the move to a more suitable property instead.

You can read more here

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2. Support for work with a disability

The National Audit Office (NAO) has been looking at the track record of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in its stated aim of supporting more disabled people into work.

Their report shows that the Department doesn’t really know what interventions are effective, even though they’ve been at it for a long time.

You can read more here

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3. Funerals market investigation

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed that they are launching a full investigation into the funerals market.

Their initial study concluded that there was no justification for the regular increases in the prices charged by funeral directors and crematoria. Many households struggle to find the thousands of pounds a funeral typically costs.

More details here

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4. Osteo vs Rheumatoid arthritis

I think it would be fair to say that there is quite a significant difference in perceptions about osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Perhaps because it is so very prevalent, the former does not seem to elicit the degree of sympathy or indeed medical support that the latter does. People are often expected just to “get on with it” except in the very worst cases.

But new research suggests that the burden of suffering is just as great as for those with rheumatoid arthritis.

Read more here

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5. New from Companion

Companion is well known for a range of stairlifts, which provide access between different levels of the home, on both straight and curved staircases.

They have now added homelifts to their range, so that they can provide solutions for more people, from wheelchair users to those with complex staircases or those wanting a more discreet alternative.

There are three lifts to choose from, including both fully enclosed and open cabin styles.

Read more here

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6. Latest updates – benefit rates

It’s April, the beginning of a new tax year, when any new rates for benefit payments, tax credits and national living wage come into effect.

We have up-to-date information on the range of carer and disability benefits on Independent Living.

This includes Scotland-specific info on Carer’s Allowance.

More details here

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Until next time, best wishes,


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