Our MEET-UP group launch that was due to take place on Friday, has been postponed.
If you are interested in the meet-up, and would like to be involved in a Working Group, please get in touch.
If you privately employ a Personal Assistant / Support worker / paid carer you need to know that…
In April there is an increase in:
National Minimum Wage / National “Living” Wage: These are the amounts, set by Government every year, which are the MINIMUM amount that employees have to be paid. From April you need to pay AT LEAST £7.83 per hour if they are 25 years old or older. Other rates apply for workers under 25. Information on minimum wage increases.
Workplace contribution: If your Personal Assistant is entitled to a Workplace pension, you need to know that this is also increasing. This means that your Personal Assistant has to pay more from their wage, and you have to pay more employers contribution. Information on Pension increases
You MIGHT already be paying more than the minimum… but if you aren’t, and you are worried about whether your budget will stretch, you might need to contact social services (if you have a Personal Budget) or the CCG (if you have a Personal Health Budget).
If you want further information, you can speak with the people that do your payroll or contact ADKC’s Independent Lives Kensington and Chelsea project on 020 8960 8888 and ask Jenny or email to email@example.com
Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents is holding a Scams and Fraud event with Community Safety Team and Age UK K&C
23 March 2018, 10:30am – 3:15pm
Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall
The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents is holding an event we thought might be of interest to you.
The event, in collaboration with the Community Safety Team, is scheduled on Friday 23rd March in the Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall.
The event starts at 10.30am and will end at 3.15pm. They will be covering a wide area and have the Tri-Borough Police Commander (BCU) giving an outline of the changes.
Do you have a Personal Health Budget (money from the NHS “continuing healthcare” department) or an Integrated Personal Budget (paid partly by Health and partly by social services)?
If so, your views are wanted!
The NHS is asking people who have either a Personal Health Budget or an Integrated Budget to share their experiences.
You can take part in this survey here (it takes about 30 minutes).
Note: if your Personal Budget is from Social Services only, the survey will not be suitable for you.
The Government’s consultation about changes to the blue badge scheme ends on 18th March 2018.
If you would like to take part in this consultation, you can find more information, including in regular and easy read formats, on the Gov.uk blue badge consultation webpage.
The Government changed the PIP criteria for support with moving around. Previously, people whose mobility was affected due to severe psychological stress, mental health issues, difficulties with understanding and autism, had been able to have DLA and PIP for mobility needs.
After the change, only people with physical impairments were eligible. This also meant that many people were also no longer to get blue “disabled parking” badges.
Recently, however, the Government lost a court cast about this, so they have had to change the PIP criteria back. This meaning that some people with severe mental health issues, autism etc, will again be able to score points for help to move around. It also means that they should be able to have a blue badge again.
The Government is doing a consultation about “extending” the Blue Badge scheme, but in reality, they are just putting it back as it was before.
People whose mobility is impaired due to mental health / autism and learning disabilities will, once again, be able to have the support that they had been entitled to before the Government changed the rules!
A4G has organised a day of fun for the local community this coming Saturday (3rd March). For additional information contact A4G at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Your Local Community Day
Join the A4G team and meet local people, local trusted providers, your local NHS, your local Resident’s Association and local Councillors on:
Saturday 3 March 2018 – starts at 10am to 8pm
241 Freston Road W10 6TT (opposite Shurgard self-storage)
Come and find out more about local opportunities for you and your family, get a taster of local wellbeing services on offer
Choose the right service that works for you and above all have a relaxing time at the heart of your community.
Workshops available all day ranging from art therapy, window dressing, tote bag printing, face painting, massage therapy and more…
Join us, help us shape services that meet our needs, be a part of a better way for all of us
ALSO ON THE MENU
discover Silchester Sound from 7pm
for additional information contact A4G at email@example.com
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the government department that deals with Benefits and Pensions, has announced that they will consider making reasonable adjustments for those disabled people who need to communicate with them by email.
In their “TouchBase” newsletter, they have said:
“Disabled customers who think they would benefit from email communication should contact us using the details on the last communication they received from us, or let us know when they next get in touch. We’ll work with the customer to find out whether email is the most suitable means of communication.”
If you feel that communication by email would be better for you due to you being a disabled person or you having a particular health condition, please discuss this directly with the DWP.
Our colleagues at Nova New Opportunities have been in touch to find out if any ADKC members are interested in sharing their stories and becoming “Human Books” as part of the “Human Libraries” project.
For more information please contact:
Aimee Ling (Lead Programme Manager – Wider Community Programme)
Nova New Opportunities, 2 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL
Tel: 07456 580 462 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who want a sneak preview of our latest Newsflash… here is the pdf version of Newsflash Feb 2018. This, and previous editions of Newsflash are also available on our publications archive page.
Our paper and accessible versions will be hitting the press shortly so these will be coming through your doors (or into your email inbox) in the next couple of weeks!
Every Monday, from 2-4, we will have our new Information and Advice drop in session.
Marian, ADKC’s Information and Advice officer will be available at ADKC on a “first-come, first-served” basis for short inquiries.
ADKC Information and Advice Drop-in
Got a question about…
ADKC – what we do?
How to become a member?
Local services for disabled people?
What disability related benefits you might be able to claim?
Where to get specialist benefits/legal advice?
ADKC’s Information and Advice Officer will be available for enquiries during the drop-in.
If you have an enquiry that is more complicated and needs more time, you will need to book an appointment.
Contact Marian on 020 8960 8888 for more information