Out Priced: The Cost of Being Disabled

out pricedDisabled people fork out on average £550 a month extra for everyday living costs according to UK Charity Scope.

From travel, extra heating costs because of health limiting conditions to replacing clothes worn out because of wheelchair use.

Read more about Scope’s report here

There’s some all to familiar stories of disabled people charged double the price for  taxi’s, mobile scooters as well as priced way over the odds for aids and adaptations around the home.

Have you got a similar experience you want to share?

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Art Competition for Autism

create_kuloCreate! Art for Autism 2014 is open to all young people aged 11-25 years who are formally diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) including Asperger’s Syndrome.

The competition aims to dispel the myth that people with autism cannot be creative and to show that art can significantly improve their quality of life, facilitating experiential-based learning and instilling life-long skills.

Young people with an ASC from around the UK are invited to enter the FIVE main categories: 2D Art, 3D Art, Digital Photography, Digital Animation and Poetry.

Entries to the competition can be submitted from April 2nd until the closing date of June 11th. Finalists will then be announced on July 2nd and the awards ceremony will take place on July 18th.

How do you enter? Click here to go to Create! Art for Autism website

Check out this clip of last years entries.

Mental Health Petition

Mind_KULOCan you take some time out & sign up to a petition for a fairer share of funding for mental health services?

National Charity Mind, provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

They’ve had more than 23,000 signatures so far to their petition asking for a fair share of funding for mental health.

Show your support and click here to sign the petition

Competition Competition Competition

Knowsley writing competitionEnter for the chance to win Waterstones gift vouchers!

There are three categories for entries:

Children (0-12): an illustrated story or poem on any topic. A template is available in all libraries.

Teenagers (13-17): a cartoon strip on any topic. Again, a template is available for entries.

Adults (18+): the theme is ‘The letter I wish I’d written’. Prose or a poem, which can be illustrated.  Entries should be no more than two sides of A4 paper.


KMBC are giving Waterstones gift vouchers to the authors of the top three entries in each category:

  • 1st prize: £30
  • 2nd prize: £20
  • 3rd prize: £15

The winner of each category will also get a shield trophy to keep and an  overall winner will be announced at a celebration event in March. The winner will receive an extra £50 gift voucher and have their name engraved on the annual competiton winners’ shield.

Hand in your entry in at any Knowsley Library or email to

Download the entry form (Word) for rules and full details.

The competition closes on the 31st January 2014.

Warm Home Discount Scheme

warmer homesYou could get £135 discount on your electricity bill through the Warm Home Discount Scheme (benefit eligibility applies).

It’s well worth going through the checklist to see if you qualify

Online Benefit Calculator

benefit calculatorNot sure what you’re entitled to? Turn2us has a great online benefit calculator to help you find out just what you may be entitled to.From Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support. Give it a go!

Easy read guide to welfare benefit changes

Here’s a great FREE & easy guide to welfare benefit changes, with tonnes of other accessible and useful downloads too. The guide explains some of the most significant changes and explains what people can expect to happen over the next few years. It was written with the people supported by United Response in mind, but we are keen to make it available to other organisations, support workers and individuals to use if they think it would be helpful.

Click here to download and  find lots of other FREE downloads from United Response

Download for PIP

Now here’s a great download from Disability Rights UK for Personal Independence Payment (PIP)  – Guide to making a claim.
It’s a new easy to use  60 page guide on how to make a claim.

While your there find out more about Disability Rights UK who are a nation wide charity promoting positive change, working to create a society where everyone with experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

What is 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.

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