|Boost for hospital Changing Places
The Government has committed to giving half a million pounds to expand the number of Changing Places in hospitals across the UK.
The initial funds will enable 15 new Changing Places to be built. Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Care has said a further £1.5 million will be available to bid for, and has called for new build hospitals to have Changing Places built into them. 40 new hospitals are planned. More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/boost-hospital-changing-places
DRUK appoints Fazilet Hadi as Interim Head of Policy and Research
Fazilet Hadi has joined Disability Rights UK as Interim Head of Policy and Research. Fazilet was previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer at RNIB and is a Non-Executive Director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.
Sue Bott has been seconded as Programme Manager by The Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) project.
DRILL was established by Disability Action NI in partnership with Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland and has funded 35 projects over the past five years and is due to conclude in August 2020. http://www.drilluk.org.uk/pilot-projects/
DRUK Chief Executive Kamran Mallick said: “Sue has always been a major champion of the DRILL project and we are delighted that she is able to bring its projects to their successful conclusions over the coming months. Equally, we are pleased to welcome Fazilet and her decades of wisdom and experience in the disability sector to this important role at DRUK.”
Disabled man starved to death after DWP wrongly stopped his benefits
A disabled man starved to death after the DWP wrongly stopped his out-of-work benefits, leaving him without any income, the Disability News Service has reported.
Errol Graham weighed just four-and-a-half stone when his body was found by bailiffs who had knocked down his front door to evict him. He had just a couple of out-of-date tins of fish left in his flat.
DWP civil servants had failed to seek further medical evidence from his GP, just as in many other tragic cases that have sparked repeated calls for an independent inquiry into links between the deaths of claimants and the actions and failings of the DWP. More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/disabled-man-starved-death-after-dwp-wrongly-stopped-his-benefits
PIP Fails – new MS Society report
A new research report by the MS Society shows that more than half of people with MS surveyed didn’t feel their PIP assessor understood their MS.
Too often, the research finds, PIP assessors make inaccurate decisions based on ‘informal observations’ (the way people look or act during their assessment).
67% of people with MS whose assessment included these said they didn’t reflect how MS affects them.
In addition, 83% of people with MS who appeal their PIP decision after moving from DLA win their case at tribunal shows how inappropriate assessments continue to be for people with MS. More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/pip-fails-%E2%80%93-new-ms-society-report
More than half of all new PIP claims in Scotland refused
More than half of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) in Scotland are refused, according to a Scottish Government report on the impact of UK Government welfare reforms on disabled people.
In a new report, the Scottish Government highlights the impact that UK Government changes to welfare policies have had on disability benefit claimants.
Key findings include:
• Since the UK Government replaced DLA with PIP in 2013, 167,000 new claims in Scotland have been unsuccessful, 54% of all applications
• The share of claimants awarded PIP after a new claim has decreased since the benefit was introduced, from 74% in 2013/2014 to 56% in 2018/2019
• 39,000 people in Scotland have lost their DLA entitlement when they were reassessed and then did not qualify for PIP (25% of all those reassessed).
More here: https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2020/january/more-half-all-new-pip-claims-scotland-refused