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HemiHelp monthly news roundup - 25 August 2011

Welfare

Ministers urge employers to break down barriers for employment of disabled people 28 July 2011

According to a Department of Work and Pensions steering group, more than seven million disabled people within the UK are prevented from getting jobs or reaching their full potential by employers. The steering group, the members of which are from high profile companies and government departments, have called on employers to reassess their attitudes towards disabled people. The steering group is also promoting an online tool called Clearkit, which employers can use to identify and remove barriers to recruitment for disabled people.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/jul-2011/dwp089-11.sh...

New Director of Independent Living and the Office for Disability Issues 18 July 2011

Jeremy Moore has been newly appointed as the government’s Director of Independent Living and the Office for Disability Issues. Jeremy’s new role will entail all disability issues, including employment, benefits and the Office for Disability Issues.

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/jul-2011/dwp084-11.sh...

Disability

Disability charities angry over ministers’ ‘attack’ on disability benefits 27 July 2011

The government has faced criticism from disability charities after releasing figures suggesting that only one in 14 people applying for disability-related benefits has a genuine claim. The charities say that this figure is not representative, in part because of flaws in the assessment and appeals process.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/charities-angry-over-minis...

Help to fill out forms for Disability Living Allowance

Online advice guide ‘Benefits and Work’ has provided brilliant guides on how to: complete every box in the disability living allowance (DLA) claim pack, prepare for a medical visit and represent yourself at a DLA appeal tribunal.

http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/

Sign an epetition to stop cuts for disabled children 5 August 2011

Following the introduction of the government's new Universal Credit welfare system, many families with disabled children may face a cut to the financial support they receive. The government estimates that 100,000 disabled children would lose out under this change - other estimates suggest the number could be considerably higher, say campaigners. Sign this petition to stop this cut.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/915

Health

Making it easier for disabled people to employ personal assistants 27 July 2011

The government has announced a new framework to make it easier for disabled people to employ personal assistants (PAs). The main aim is to increase the number of PAs available by highlighting the needs of eligible disabled people and making a personal care package to suit the individual.

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Aboutus/Features/DH_128748

Education

University accessibility event 1 August 2011

A London university is to hold a free event for all disabled prospective university students and their parents.

This event will focus primarily on prospective students who are likely to have high disability-related support needs in both the academic and social/residential spheres (e.g. accessible residential accommodation & personal care) though the information provided is also likely to be useful to those with lower support needs.

When: Saturday 24th September between 11.30am and 4.15pm Where: in the Brunei Suite on the ground floor of the Brunei Gallery building at SOAS (the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.

http://www.disabilityalliance.org/skillsoas.htm

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