The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) are writing to David Cameron and Nick Clegg to raise their concerns at changes to PIP, particularly the introduction of the 20 metre qualifying distance for the enhanced rate of the benefit. They, and NAWRA, believe this could cause large numbers of people to miss out on fundamental support.
The Government are consulting further on the change from 50 metres (under DLA) to 20 metres (under PIP) as the distance for an award for a higher level Mobility. The consultation can be found here and the Rightsnet story on the consultation is here.
Tom Messere, NAWRA rep for south Wales, is pulling together a NAWRA response to this by the deadline of 5th August and would be grateful for any thoughts comments from fellow members. Time is short, so perfect prose and finely honed arguments not needed (but always welcome); jottings, thoughts, scans of backs of a beer mat – anything that can be sent via e-mail – will be greatly appreciated.
Please send replies to firstname.lastname@example.org by 26 July 2013.
Dr Paul Litchfield (the replacement for Malcolm Harrington) is carrying out the year 4 review of the work capability assessment.
NAWRA is co-ordinating a response and would love to hear from members about their experiences. The more responses we have the better our submission will be. You know you’ve got loads of gripes and groans about it all so let us hear them!
This is what Dr Litchfield says he is particularly looking for but don’t hold back if you have other issues;
This call for evidence has been designed to help me gather further information about those issues which I consider most pertinent at this time:
- the overall effectiveness of the WCA as a discriminator;
- the impact of earlier independent reviews;
- the way that mental health conditions are considered in the WCA; and
- the biopsychosocial factors that influence capability for work.
I am looking in particular for objective data that underpins any views expressed.
Please send your views to Eri at email@example.com by 9th August 2013.
Just to confirm that we are heading to Edinburgh for our next meeting.
We will be at City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ on Friday 13th September 2013 from 9.30am until 4.00pm.
Full details to follow so watch this space! In the meantime, have a look at the Visit Scotland website for information about this beautiful city, the surrounding area and for accommodation suggestions.
We will be meeting up on the Thursday evening, for early arrivals, and a social event is also being planned for the Friday too – so no need to hurry back!
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Friday 7 June 2013.
Materials from the day are now available in the Members area.