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More than 200,000 original decisions on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been changed since April 2015, according to analysis of Government figures. Those unhappy with a PIP decision must first go through a mandatory reconsideration, in which the Department for Work and Pensions reviews the decision. Following that, a claimant…
More than one in five managers say they would be less likely to employ a disabled person, believing they would struggle to do the job or citing concerns about the cost of workplace adjustments, a "shocking" survey reveals. The Leonard Cheshire Disability charity said its poll of more than 500…
Around 30,000 people with mental illness will spend Christmas with the prospect of a tribunal hanging over them, having attempted to claim disability benefits, campaigners have said. Analysis of Government figures by Rethink Mental Illness suggests some will spend the festive period missing out on upwards of £100 a week,…
A couple have lost a family court fight over the care of a disabled grandchild they had looked after since she was a baby after a dispute with social workers. Social services staff said the 11-year-old girl was at risk of significant harm if she stayed with her grandparents, and…
Nearly a third of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had their initial claim for disability benefits rejected after the system was reformed, campaigners have warned. Data obtained by the MS Society suggests 31% of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) by people with MS were "disallowed" by…
Most young disabled adults have felt lonely at some point in the past year, a survey has suggested. The results expose what a disability charity has described as "the hidden reality of many disabled people's lives". Three quarters of working age disabled people, and 85% of young disabled adults (aged…
Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554…
Millions of pounds is being wasted on reassessing people with Parkinson's for benefits even though their condition will never improve, campaigners have warned. Analysis by Parkinson's UK suggests it will cost £3 million to reassess everyone with Parkinson's as they switch over from disability living allowance (DLA) to its replacement…
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