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The Hemiplegia Handbook updates and corrections

Welfare and benefits update: June 2013

Changes to SEN funding in schools

With effect from 1st April 2013 the way in which provision to meet Special Educational Needs (SEN) is funded in schools has changed. The new system is called “Placeplus”. The key thing to remember is that these are changes to the way in which an individual school receives funds to make provision available for children or young people with SEN. SEN law has not been amended. A Local Authority still remains legally responsible for ensuring that the special educational provision specified in Part 3 of a Statement of SEN is delivered. Click here to find out more IPSEA

Welfare and benefits update: March 2013

The Government publishes the Children and Families Bill

On 5th February 2013, the Government introduced into Parliament the Children and Families Bill, which will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs, introducing major changes to services for disabled children and their families in England. Click here to read more about the Children and Families Bill. Department for Education

IPSEA’s main concerns over Children and Families Bill

The Independent Parental Special Education Advice summarises what the Bill means for children with special educational needs and/or a disability and tells how to contribute your views. Click here to find out more. Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

Will you be squeezed by the PIP?

Disability Rights UK and Mencap are working together to examine how the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will affect disabled people. Click here to complete their survey. Disability Rights UK

Atos Healthcare announce who will deliver PIP

From April 2013 Atos Healthcare will carry out personal independence assessments in parts of England and the whole of Scotland, working in partnership with the NHS, private hospitals and national networks of locally-based health professionals. Atos has now published a list of partners. Click here to find out more. Disability Rights UK

Scotland: Ministers report to Parliament about additional support for learning and young carers

On February 18th 2013, the second of five annual reports from Ministers to the Scottish Parliament about additional support for learning was published. This year the report has a focus on young carers, one of the group of children with ‘hidden’ additional support needs identified by last year’s Ministerial report as requiring further attention. Click here to find out more. Enquire

Business Grants for Disabled people

Disability Grants has a list of sources of finance and business support to help you start your own business. Click here to find out more. Disability Grants

Department of Health launches children and young people's health pledge

The Secretary of State for Health, Dr Dan Poulter, has launched the Government's response to the report of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum with a pledge to improve health outcomes for children and young people and a 'system-wide' response which sets out how different parts of the health system are responding to the Forum's recommendations. Click here to find out more. Preparing for Adulthood – Department for Education

Welfare and benefits update: January 2013

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

As you may already know the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will replace disability Living Allowance (DLA) for those of working age from April 2013. The change applies across the UK. Disability Rights UK have produced a Factsheet on PIP with a basic introduction to the new regulation

If you need more information you can also visit the government website

And if you are unsure about how this change may affect you, Contact a Family Helpline may be able to give you more information 0808 808 35555

Welfare and benefits update: November 2012

Changes to SEN Law

The Government has published the draft proposals to reform provision for children and young people with special educational needs. Click here to download the draft. Department of Education

IPSEA has scrutinised the Government’s draft provisions to change legislation on SEN

The Independent Parental Special Education Advice charity (IPSEA) has prepared a set of documents for parents and advisers - as well as the House of Commons Education Select Committee in their scrutiny of the draft SEN legislation. Click here to find out more IPSEA

Contact a Family has updated their guide for parents of disabled children “Disabled children's services in England”

The guide explains your right to get the support you need from your local authority for both you and your child, like short breaks, day or night time care and the ways you can access them. The way local authorities work is changing at the moment and this guide explains some of the changes you can expect to see. Click here to download the guide. Contact a Family

Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey, announced changes to improve the Access to Work scheme

Disabled entrepreneurs and small businesses will benefit from more support to pay for specialised equipment and other costs faced by disabled people in work under changes to the Government’s disability employment programme announced on 19th November. Click here to find out more. Department for Work and Pensions

You can read Disability Rights UK’s response to Esther McVey's statement here

New useful resources

New Blue Badge website with a Blue Badge mapping service

The PIE Guide have re-launched the blue badge website to include the free online Blue Badge Mapping Service, originally commissioned by Directgov. Visitors to the new site can select points of interest they wish to display from a menu containing, for example, blue badge parking bays. Click here to visit the website. The PIE Guide.

Transition support programme that supports young people into adulthood

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) is a 2 year programme funded by the Department for Education as part of the delivery support for 'Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability' green paper. This programme aims to support young people into adulthood with paid employment, good health, independent living and community inclusion. Click here to visit Preparing for Adulthood’s website. NDTi, CDC and HAS.

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