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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…
Staff at Jobcentres have an "alarming" lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not "shoehorned" back into work as a result of…
The Scottish Conservatives will lodge legislation to extend free care to under-65s with conditions such as dementia at Holyrood today. A member's bill brought forward by Tory MSP Miles Briggs seeks to implement the so-called Frank's Law, named after footballer Frank Kopel. Mr Briggs will be joined at the launch…
Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show. Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP). Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering…
Research into new treatments for Parkinson's disease is falling behind and in urgent need of extra funding, a charity has warned. Without greater progress, patients with the progressive shaking disease face a bleak future, according to Parkinson's UK. The charity has launched its first public fundraising campaign as it marks…
A self-employed woman forced to take a pay cut to become a full-time carer has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to "see sense and reconsider" his controversial increase in National Insurance contributions (NICs), claiming: "You are risking my livelihood." Claire Hovey, 32, and partner Chris Edwards, also 32, have been live-in…
Charity BRACE has provided funding to University of Plymouth scientists for a pilot study which could find a new drug treatment for dementia Scientists from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) have received funding of more than £58,500 from BRACE, a charity which supports research into Alzheimer’s…
A student entrepreneur whose grandfather was debilitated by Parkinson's disease has created a mobility aid to improve the lives of other patients with the condition. Neha Shahid Chaudhry was inspired to invent a 'smart' walking stick after witnessing her late granddad struggle with the disease for seven years, repeatedly suffering…
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