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Ministerial Statement on ESA, Universal Credit, severe disability, and future assessments

This policy statement, in the form of a answer from Minister Penny Mordaunt, in the Commons on 26th June caught our eye.

We will await developments in the autumn; hopefully the application of a degree of common sense to future re-assessments of persons with severe and lifelong conditions (including, obviously many with learning disabilities) will prevent both pointless expenditure and distress to those being assessed, and their carers and families.

Asked by Mrs Louise Ellman(Liverpool, Riverside)

Department for Work and Pensions

Work Capability Assessment
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department plans to cease work capability reassessments for employment and support allowance claimants with the most severe health conditions and disabilities where the condition is unlikely to improve; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by Penny Mordaunt

This change will come into effect in autumn 2017 and will apply to those placed in Employment and Support Allowance’s Support Group and the Universal Credit equivalent.

Whilst the new criteria and process for this group of claimants is developed, we do not plan to reassess claimants who had the most severe health conditions or disabilities when they had their first Work Capability Assessment. We are currently working with stakeholders to develop the new criteria and, when finalised, we will revisit this group to confirm the position, but we expect this will not require a face-to-face assessment.

Alfred Barlow (our Hon. Vice-President) – Loss of Medals

This news posting has been created in haste (Cut&pasted from Facebook).

1) If anyone can help with information, please do so.

2) Let’s hope we can update this post with some good news

One of Rescare’s founders, and current Honorary Vice-President, has featured in local and national news after the loss of his four war medals. Here are the reports on BBC and ITV News: http://www.itv.com/…/blind-war-veterans-tearful-appeal-ple…/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40371153 . Just to repeat, anyone with information should contact the charity Blind Veterans UK on freephone 0800 389 797.

 

Inspiring stories at Scotland’s first Learning Disability Awards

The best, in not the only extensive coverage of Scotland’s newly established Learning Disability Awards was in the Daily Record.

The full report is available via this link – but perhaps we may just quote its  opening words

“MUCH is written about the struggles and challenges faced by those living with learning disabilities.

But a new awards competition is shining a spotlight on their amazing achievements instead.  Continue reading

Easy Read Election Resources

In connection with the upcoming general election, United Response (support and care provider) has made a number of resources available in Easy Read format, for people with learning disabilities. They are available from the United Response website under the theme ‘Every Vote Counts’

In view of the registration deadline, 22nd May, perhaps the first resource to be cited should be the guide Registering to Vote.

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Public Accounts Committee Report: DoH Failures in Community Support

The Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has been monitoring  Department of Health’s efforts in moving people with a learning disability out of mental health hospitals and into the community. Two years ago the Committee found that progress had been poor but was promised improvements. It has just published its latest findings (26th April) in a report entitled ‘Local support for people with a learning disability’ , which finds only little progress.

We recommend that you start on the Committee’s official webpage, which has links to background information , to the report in full, as well as the Report Summary and the report’s Conclusions and Recommendations.  Continue reading

PIP debate delayed

An early victim of yesterday’s election announcement appears to be the promised debate on the PIP amendments, scheduled for this Thursday, which we cited in our news post of a few days ago!

The following exchange took place in the Commons yesterday:  Continue reading

Parliament and Amendments PIP Regulations: an Update

Further to our previous post, a further emergency Commons debate on the Amendments to the PIP Regulations has been granted by the government, to be held on 19th April, after MPs return from their Easter break.

The status of the debate is slightly complicated, but the (unfortunate) fact is that the Government does not have to act upon the results of the vote on the 19th – although the fact that the debate is taking place at all reflects the levels of concern and interest inside and outside the House.

The best explanatory account of the background to the upcoming debate currently available seems to be on the website of the Shadow Minister, Debbie Abrahams.

Please see the page an her website, entitled ‘PIP Regulations – Emergency Debate’  , created on 31st March.  Continue reading

Communities and Local Government Committee Report: social care funding needs urgent Government review

Just published today (31st March), the Communities and Local Government Committee’s report on its inquiry into adult social care.

Background information and links to the Report here on the Committee’s website .

Some depressing reading (Key Facts, Impact Analysis) from the Reports Executive Summary. (Read on for its recommendations).

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N v ACCG: a landmark Supreme Court Judgement on the role of Court of Protection

A significant ruling by Lady Hale yesterday in the Supreme Court is being reported and commented on today, which (if I understand correctly) will  have significant impact on how the Court of Protection undertakes its role in future.

The most important article has appeared here on the Court of Protection Handbook website under the headline “Best interests, available options, and case management before the Court of Protection – the Supreme Court pronounces”.

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PIP: MPs debate Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Recent parliamentary business (aside from Brexit) has been conspicuous for the numbers of questions asked about disability and benefits, especially about DLA and PIP. On 16th March the new Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017 came into force.

On the previous day, 15th March, an Urgent Question  from Debbie Abrahams,  Shadow Secretary of State For Work and Pensions (“To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to make a statement regarding the recommendations of the Social Security Advisory Committee on the new Personal Independence Payment (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which are due to come into force tomorrow”) allowed  Damian Green, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to state the government’s intentions, and then to reply to (a barrage) of questions from MPs.

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