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Around 30,000 people with mental illness will spend Christmas with the prospect of a tribunal hanging over them, having attempted to claim disability benefits, campaigners have said. Analysis of Government figures by Rethink Mental Illness suggests some will spend the festive period missing out on upwards of £100 a week,…
A couple have lost a family court fight over the care of a disabled grandchild they had looked after since she was a baby after a dispute with social workers. Social services staff said the 11-year-old girl was at risk of significant harm if she stayed with her grandparents, and…
Nearly a third of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had their initial claim for disability benefits rejected after the system was reformed, campaigners have warned. Data obtained by the MS Society suggests 31% of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) by people with MS were "disallowed" by…
Most young disabled adults have felt lonely at some point in the past year, a survey has suggested. The results expose what a disability charity has described as "the hidden reality of many disabled people's lives". Three quarters of working age disabled people, and 85% of young disabled adults (aged…
Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554…
Millions of pounds is being wasted on reassessing people with Parkinson's for benefits even though their condition will never improve, campaigners have warned. Analysis by Parkinson's UK suggests it will cost £3 million to reassess everyone with Parkinson's as they switch over from disability living allowance (DLA) to its replacement…
A 79-year-old woman left brain damaged and severely physically disabled following a stroke has died following a life-support treatment ruling by a judge in a specialist court. Mr Justice Cobb had decided that doctors could lawfully stop artificial feeding after analysing the case at a hearing in the Court of…
About 30,000 disabled people in Scotland could lose entitlement to disability benefits as a result of UK Government welfare reforms, according to a new report. The Scottish Government research looked at the impact of welfare policies affecting disabled people, including the replacement of disability living allowance (DLA) for working-age people…
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