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13 CCGs, including Brent and Harrow in London, have been issued legal letters over placing disabled people into nursing homes on the basis of arbitrary cost caps, even if the person would choose to be at home. Press release from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
With hours to go before a BBC disability news team feature examining the detrimental impacts of the Access to Work cap is due to air and with an impending high court challenge against the cap, the government has announced it is increasing the cap. They say this will affect fewer Deaf and Disabled people.
The House of Commons Petitions Committee is investigating online abuse and the experiences of Disabled people after a petition started by Katie Price achieved more than 220,000 signatures. Inclusion London’s Chair Anne Novis gave oral evidence to the committee, and we have also submitted written evidence.
Lack of access for cars and buses due to pedestrianisation will make Oxford Street totally inaccessible for people who can only walk short distances. Many Disabled people were not aware of the consultation on Oxford Street becoming pedestrianised so could not raise their concerns.
Work and Pensions Committee report on PIP and ESA assessments – “failing claimants and the public purse”
The Work and Pensions Committee has published a report on claimant’s distressing experiences of assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out for the Department of Work and Pensions by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus. The Committee says public contract failures have led to a loss of trust that risks undermining the operation of major disability benefits.
“Yet again, The BMJ has presented a highly partisan view based on the simplistic assumption that this is a straightforward issue. It is not. As disabled and terminally ill people we know that better than anyone else.”
This legal victory means that if you are unable to follow the route of a familiar journey independently because of psychological distress, you may be entitled to the higher rate of the mobility component of PIP.