Disabled workers look set to benefit from a grant of almost £60,000 a year to assist them at work, available from April 1st this year.
People will be able to claim up to £59,200 each year to help pay for extra support that may be required through the Access to Work scheme, including assistive technology, workplace adaptations, transport and interpreters.
Access to work provides financial assistance to make sure that disabilities and health conditions don’t hold people back in the workplace, with over 27,000 people receiving support last year. Adjustable desks, voice recognition software and special IT equipment were all paid for using grants.
This move comes after the government increased the cap by nearly a third in 2018, with even more people able to benefit - particularly those from the deaf community who can now arrange for BSL interpreters through the scheme.
Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, health and work, said: “Access to Work provides tailored support to thousands across the country, ensuring a disability or health condition is not a barrier to achieve someone’s career aspirations. By extending this grant even more people can benefit from this personalised scheme, and more disabled people can thrive in the workplace.”
No doubt you’ve all read the headlines regarding Brexit over the last day or so, with Theresa May suffering a huge defeat after her Brexit deal was thrown out by MPs with a record majority of 230.
But what you might not yet have heard is that some of the poorest pensioner couples in the UK are set to lose over £7,000 each and every year because of changes to pension credit, which subsidises the incomes of elderly people in need of financial help.
According to the Independent, the government has now been accused of trying to bury this change, due to come in on May 15th, which means couples where just one person is above state pension age (65, or up to 68 depending on birthday) will no longer receive the benefit.
Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London, put it in context, saying that a couple who would have received £13,273 in the fiscal year 2019/2020 from pension credit would see this reduced to just £5,986.68 under universal credit.
Some could lose out on thousands depending on whether their claims fall either a day before or after the deadline in May, he continued, adding: “People who may be affected deserve to know about this change and not have it sneaked out on a day when ministers were no doubt hoping that everyone’s attention was directed somewhere else.”
Pensions minister Guy Opperman, however, commented on the matter, saying that the changes will make sure that the same work incentives apply to younger partners in older couples as they do to others of the same age, as well as ensuring that taxpayer support is diverted to where it’s most required.
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Disability inclusivity has taken a big step further forward this month (January), thanks to the owners of bridal boutique The White Collection, based in Portishead, which has just featured a mannequin dolled up in a wedding dress but sat in a wheelchair in its shop front window.
The window display was spotted by 36-year-old Beth Wilson, who shared a photo of it on Twitter and told Cosmopolitan that this is the first time she’s seen a wheelchair used in such a way in a bricks and mortar store before.
Ms Wilson, who is disabled herself, went on to say: “So often disabled people feel invisible because we don’t see ourselves in the media much, and especially not modelling beautiful clothes. The reaction on Twitter has shown that it means a lot to other people, too.”
She heaped further praise on the bridal shop, saying that it was “great” how they chose to decorate the chair instead of trying to hide it, adding that mobility aids are often looked at as negative but they actually give the people who use them freedom.
NHS statistics show that there are about 1.2 million wheelchair users here in the UK, with two-thirds of these regular users… so it’s great to see businesses being more inclusive and letting this demographic know that they are noticed and are being heard. The more this can happen, the better, we here at Beactive Mobility say!
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Jessica-Jane Applegate won a Gold medal in the 200m freestyle swimming event in the London 2012 paralympics.
Before heading off to Rio for the 2016 games, she stopped by to help promote the Motability Scheme with Beactive Mobility to raise awareness for unseen disabilities and the opportunity for people to regain freedom and independence.
The Motability awareness day went extremely well, with a lot of people interested in the government backed scheme and how it can help them live a more fulfilling and independent life.
You can read more a more in depth write up on The Lowestoft Journal's website here.
June has breathing difficulties and she would often feel depressed being stuck indoors.
"I was depressed because I couldn't do anything, I couldn't get out at all."
We asked what she would say to someone in her position.
"Beactive have been very good with me. They gave me advice, they've serviced my scooter, they've looked after me, everything I've needed really. They make me feel comfortable, yeah, they knew what I wanted. I have no hesitation recommending them to other people."
June has experienced a dramatic change in her life now that she has a mobility scooter.
"Allowed me to do 90% more, it's certainly a massive difference. I was in a wheelchair and having to depend on people if I ever needed to get out."
June told us that being able to enjoy her freedom makes her feel epic!
"I go shopping with mates rather than depend on someone else to take me out all the time you know. It's brilliant."
We agree June, thanks for dropping by and letting us take your picture. We think you're epic!
Christine is on the Motability Scheme at Beactive and suffers from MS. She has difficulty walking with some days worse than others preventing her from getting out and about.
"Beactive Mobility made me happy. They gave me back my independence and made it very simple. I would tell anyone in my position to come down to Beactive, they are brilliant."
We asked Christine what it means to her now.
"It means I feel Great" she said. "I can get out and about when ever I want. Instead of depending on other people. We go out when ever we want and have a good time."
It's great to hear our customers enjoying a new lease of life. Thanks for dropping by to tell us your story Christine!
Jim's arthritis means he can't walk far at all. It left him feeling isolated and with no independence. He was trapped in his own home.
"I was overwhelmed by the help I received from Beactive Mobility, I recommend any one in a similar position sit down and have a chat with them to discuss their needs, look at and test drive a scooter, because it's been so life changing for me, over 200%."
When asked what does his new scooter allow him to do, he told us it gives him the complete independence he was looking for. He feels free and in charge of his life again.
I'm able to go to Sailability - Boat Club, go shopping on my own, go to friends on my own, go to afternoon clubs, I'm in total charge of my life, it's great.
Eileen had problems with her knee, which meant some days she would struggle to walk very far. On those days, she would be stuck indoors or rely on family to run errands for her.
"Walking about would be a struggle and I'd end up feeling trapped in my own home. It was incredibly frustrating."
Eileen is an active person and loves being out doing things and meeting people so it's particularly frustrating for her when she can't get about.
For Eileen, having a mobility scooter available when ever she wants, is life changing. It means she can get in town easily, go shopping without any strain, nip to the doctors, hairdresser or the Bingo hall when ever she wants. She has freedom to come and go and can be independent again.
"Now I'm able to get out even on bad days and do all the things I'd usually do, it's brilliant."
Eileen has been a customer with us since we opened in 2000 and has a number of products that help her get about and enjoy an active and independent life.
Thank you Eileen, for choosing us to help you!
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