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Take Part in a National Survey of Housing for Disabled People

The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to understand whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing and support services around it, fulfils disabled people’s rights to live independently.

They want to hear from YOU –  your views and experiences. This includes the effect it has on disabled people’s choice and control over housing  and your right to independent living.

We know as a community group accessible housing for people with disabilities in Knowsley is few and far between and any new homes should be homes built for life, to accommodate an individuals need and circumstances throughout life.  We also know that lots of young people with disabilities in Knowsley aspire to have a place of their own – not just a flat in shared supported living – we want to have more choice and a range of homes for local people pf all ages with disabilities and long term health conditions.

There are three questionnaires, one for each group of interest they would really like to hear from, please click on the appropriate link below which will take you to the survey.

The closing date for questionnaires  to be submitted is 23:59 on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

The information you give to The Equality and Human Rights Commission will form an important part of the evidence they will consider for their formal inquiry into housing and disability.

About the inquiry

In spring 2017, The Equality and Human Rights Commission will carry out a survey of all local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland. They expect the formal response from local authorities to be provided by the survey.

Individuals working for local authorities may wish to complete the housing provider’s questionnaire, giving a personal response based on their experience.

Please only complete the questionnaire that is relevant to you and only complete the questions that are relevant to your situation.

Download the easy read version of the survey (Word), complete and either email to:

EHRCHousingInquiry@equalityhumanrights.com

Or post, using their FREE post address:

Freepost EHRC

This is all you need to put on the envelope for us to receive your response.

You can also contribute to the survey by telephone –  leaving a message via voicemail to: 0161 829 8878

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Guide

Leading national charity Disability Rights UK have a produced a FREE downloadable guide about how to apply to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Personal independence payment (PIP) is a new benefit for people who need help taking part in everyday life or who find it difficult to get around. It replaces disability living allowance for people between the ages of 16 and 64 inclusive. In 2012, there were over 3 million DLA claimants in the UK; the Government estimates 600,000 fewer disabled people will qualify for PIP by 2018.

Disability Rights UK has produced a guide to help you through the claiming process. The guide covers information on:

  • The PIP rules
  • The scoring system
  • The activities and descriptors
  • Filling out the claim form
  • Keeping a diary
  • The face to face consultation with a healthcare professional
  • What to do if you are not happy with your decision
  • Further help and information

Please click on this link below and download the guide for FREE in word.

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming before March 16 2017

An easy read version is also available:

PIP Easy Read Version

Note: The rules for PIP have been amended (from 16 March 2017). If you make a claim on or after this date please click on this updated guide below:

Disability Rights UK PIP Guide to claiming on or after 16 March 2017

A hard copy of the guide is also available to purchase for £4, click here to order. 

We know first hand that this is a stressful process to go through and please remember there is one to one help available locally across Knowsley to guide you through the process. Here’s just a couple…

Prescot and Whiston Community Advice Centre
T: 0151 443 4639
E:prescotadvice@btinternet.com
www.prescotadvice.btck.co.uk

 

Knowsley Citizen’s Advice
T: 0344 826 9694
E: advice@knowsleycab.org.uk
www.citizensadviceknowsley.org.uk

NHS Continuing Healthcare Useful Info

Heard about NHS Continuing Healthcare? If you (or a relative) need full time care and you have a certain level of savings/assets, you’ll probably be told to pay. 

But if you have health needs you should first be assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, which is a package of care for adults aged 18 or over arranged and funded solely by the NHS.

In order to receive NHS CHC funding individuals have to be assessed by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) according to a legally prescribed decision making process to determine whether the individual has a ‘primary health need’.

NHS England have produced a short information video about the topic (below) and the Department of Health have produced a fact sheet – click here. 

A brilliant online information resource all about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding in England is Care To Be Different. Which was set up by Angela Sherman after her own parents’ experience of the UK care system.

“Whether or not you pay for care does NOT depend on your money. It depends on your care needs only. It doesn’t matter how much money you do or don’t have. Be sure to get properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding. Our website provides lots of information to help you”.

She developed the website as a specialist information resource, providing practical information about NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and other care matters. It can help families:

  • apply for NHS Continuing Heatlhcare funding – and appeal decisions that deny funding
  • understand what really goes on in Continuing Healthcare assessments and how to fight your relative’s corner
  • make a better decision when choosing a care home
  • prevent an elderly relative being discharged from hospital before being properly assessed for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

Do take a look at the website which features, frequently asked questions, case studies as well as questions you may need to ask.

We at Knowsley’s User Led Organisation would also like to host a public information session on this topic and invite a local representative from Knowsley’s CCG to give an overview/lowdown on Continuing Healthcare – we’ll keep you posted on the date that we run this – it’ll be well worth getting along to!

Journey Assistance Cards

journey-assistance-cards-a4_Page_1Heard of Journey Assistance Cards? The cards feature a range of messages that tell bus and train drivers what help you’d like during your journey.

The cards are discreet, easy for you to use and easy for others to understand especially if your disability is hidden.

Just show the card to the driver as well as your travel ticket when boarding the bus. To download the cards please click here

Applying for a Blue Badge in Knowsley

blue_badge KnowsleyIf you have a disability which affects your mobility you may qualify for a Blue Badge.

It allows you to park to park in ‘Blue Badge’ parking spaces, even if you aren’t the person driving.

If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you can apply for a Blue Badge:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You are severely sight impaired (blind)
  • You received a score of 8 points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payments.
  • You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • You have had a payment under tariff 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces compensation scheme and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability likely to last the rest of your life
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which makes walking difficult or impossible
  • You have a severe upper limb disability in both arms and can drive a vehicle, but can’t turn a steering wheel by hand even if the wheel is fitted with a turning handle
  • You belong to an organisation that uses a vehicle to transport disabled people

Children under 3 may also qualify for a badge if they have a medical condition which means that bulky medical equipment needs to be carried around with them, and / or they need to be near to a car in case they need speedy treatment.

How to apply

Apply in person at any KMBC One Stop Shop.  If this is not possible, please contact Knowsley Council for advice. The fee for a Blue Badge is £10.

You can also download and print off the Blue Badge application form and fill it in beforehand to save time. Otherwise, staff at Knowsley’s One Stop Shop will help you fill in the form when you call in.

You will need to provide:

  • Two passport standard photographs
  • Two forms of identification. One photo ID such as a passport, bus pass or photocard driving licence, and at least one must show your current address and be dated within the last 12 months.
  • Your most recent qualifying benefit award letter (within the last 12 months). See the list of qualifying benefits above.
  • £10 administration fee

Please note, if you apply but do not have a qualifying benefit, you will have to undergo an independent mobility assessment.  Please contact the Council for an application pack to arrange an assessment.

Blue Badge application form

How long your Blue Badge application will take

Knowsley Council will usually order your badge on the day you apply. You should receive it in the post within five working days.

If you are applying for a renewal of your current badge and need a mobility assessment KMBC recommend that you apply at least six weeks before your badge runs out to ensure you receive your new badge in time.

You must fill in the application form and provide the documents requested.  For more information about the blue badge scheme in Knowsley, call 0151 489 6000 or email blue.badge@knowsley.gov.uk.

Plan B – Being Safe Online

plan-b-logo-strapline-smallerAs part of our volunteer led Plan B Programme for Young People with Autism, our community group The Knowsley User Led Organisation delivered a ‘Being Safe Online’ session to our group.

We covered and discussed topics such as secure passwords, how much personal information you want to share with others, limiting risks, fake accounts, what to do if you feel unsafe, but our key message to our Plan B members was ‘YOU ARE IN CONTROL’.

Getting online is an important part of our Plan B programme and is one of the different ways young people can connect to each other. We’ve created a Plan B Knowsley CONNECT group on Facebook and it’ a safe and accessible place for young people with Autism to meet new people and make friends.

With 91% of 16 – 24 year old’s accessing and using social networking sites as well as learning online across the UK, we know the enormous benefits of the internet, but equally and importantly we all know and understand the risks.

Click on this link to download a useful and comprehensive parents guide to Internet Safety for Learning Disabilities and Autism from National Charity Cereba and remember to ‘B’ safe online!

 

Access to Cinemas

cinema_disabilitiesDid you know that anyone with a disability can obtain a cinema card that allows them to be accompanied by someone to the cinema free of charge? 

Called the CEA Card it’s a national card scheme developed by the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association (CEA) for UK cinemas.

The scheme was introduced in 2004 and is one of the ways for participating cinemas to ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.

For more information and how to apply click here!

Accessibility of Knowsley Town Centres

Your say customer transport in knowsleyHave your say on the accessibility of Knowsley Town Centres.

It’s something that our board member Jim is passionate about, from accessing shops to getting to and from Town Centres in Knowsley.

It’s over to you to share your frustrations, barriers and even good news.

The survey has been produced by Knowsley’s Physical & Sensory Disabilities Board.

To get your views across please click here to access the online survey.

Cold Weather Payments

Cold weather paymentYou may get a Cold Weather Payment if you’re getting certain benefits.

Payments are made when your local temperature is either recorded as, or forecast to be, an average of zero degrees Celsius or below over 7 consecutive days.

You’ll get a payment of £25 for each 7 day period of very cold weather between 1 November and 31 March.

Use the Cold Weather Payment tool to find out if your area is due to receive a payment.

After each period of very cold weather in your area, you should get a payment within 14 working days. It’s paid into the same bank or building society account as your benefit payments.

Cold Weather Payments don’t affect your other benefits.

You may get Cold Weather Payments if you’re getting:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit

Pension Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Pension Credit.

Income Support and income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Income Support or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance and have any of the following:

  • a disability or pensioner premium
  • a child who is disabled
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • a child under 5 living with you

Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get income-related ESA and have any of the following:

  • the support or work-related component of ESA
  • a severe or enhanced disability premium
  • a pensioner premium
  • a child who is disabled
  • Child Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
  • a child under 5 living with you

Universal Credit

You’ll usually get Cold Weather Payments if you get Universal Credit, you’re not employed or self employed and one of the following apply:

  • you get a limited capability for work element (with or without a work-related activity element)
  • you get the disabled child element in your claim
  • you have a child under 5 living with you

You’ll also be eligible if you have a disabled child element in your claim, whether you are employed or not.

End the Awkward

End AwkwardHeard about the End the Awkward campaign by Scope?

Research shows that younger people are more likely to have negative attitudes towards disabled people and most Brits say they don’t feel comfortable talking to disabled people.

Mainly that’s because they’re worried about doing or saying the wrong thing and feeling awkward.

This refreshing campaign uses humour to get people thinking differently about disability.  Click here to take a look at one of their adverts

Or find out more about Scope’s refreshing campaign at www.scope.org.uk/awkward

Awkward about disability? No worries – we can all get over it!

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