Category Archives: Benefits

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BBC report : Unpaid carers being ‘let down by failing social care’

Reported on the BBC today, the UK’s “army of unpaid carers” is being “let down” by the failing social care system, campaigners warn. Eight leading charities, including Age UK and Carers UK, have joined together to highlight the plight they … Continue reading

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Special needs budgets to be controlled by parents

The BBC have reported that parents are to be given more financial control over support for children with special educational needs, in a major shake-up of the system in England. The government says it wants to push ahead with proposals … Continue reading

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Families with disabled children wrongly told they face benefit cut

Thousands of letters warning of £500-a-week benefit cap are sent to thousands of households, including families with disabled children that will not be affected Charities say that 2,000 families with disabled children have been wrongly targeted. Enver Solomon, policy director … Continue reading

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Direct Payments

We had an update meeting about Jacob’s direct payments earlier today. There are a number of different ways direct payments can be used such as: >Help with household tasks to free up your time to look after your child >To … Continue reading

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VAT exemption

Some items used specifically for your disabled child can be classed as vat exempt. We have just ordered a soft play wedge for Jacob, as this is used for his physio we can claim the vat back. The process can … Continue reading

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The Future of Personal Independence Payment

Scope have released a new report that has been supported by 20 leading disability charities. The government are looking to reform this payment in 2013 (for people aged from 16), so this is well worth having a read…(click here)

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Blue Badge = Free London Congestion Charge

Just got our new Blue Badge through and renewed our congestion charge discount. If your child has a ‘Blue Badge’ click here to get your discount. (There is a one off £10 registration fee, but after this renewal is free).

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Motability changes

Motability announces updates to their scheme today to try to reduce fraudulent use. For full details click here

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“The Hardest Hit”

Just seen that there is a campaign/protest being organised for today. Anyone else know about this – or have disabled children been overlooked? The Hardest Hit

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Transport to and from school

Jacob starts school full time in September and we met his teachers and other parents yesterday. Very interesting to meet everyone. We also found out that if you decide not to take the option to use a taxi service to … Continue reading

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