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Now don't get too excited as the devil will be in the detail but this has appeared on rightsnet
Government announces end to unnecessary PIP reviews for most severe health conditions


People with severe or progressive conditions will receive ongoing awards with a 'light touch' review every ten years
The government has announced an end to unnecessary reviews of personal independence payment (PIP) for those with the most severe health conditions.
With new guidance to come into effect this summer, the DWP says that people who are awarded the highest level of support under PIP - and who have severe or progressive conditions where their needs are expected to stay the same or increase - will receive an ongoing award of PIP with a 'light touch' review every ten years.
Commenting on the proposed change, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton said - We’re absolutely determined to ensure people get the right support that they need to live better, more comfortable lives.
PIP is a needs-based benefit that takes into consideration people’s individual, and sometimes quite complicated circumstances.
We’ve listened to feedback from organisations and the public, and this common-sense change will ensure that the right protections are in place while minimising any unnecessary stress or bureaucracy.'
NB - the government adds that it will work with stakeholders to design the light touch review process so that 'it adds value for both our claimants and the department'.
For more information see Government to end unnecessary PIP reviews for people with most severe health conditions from gov.uk
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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Monic1511 on June 21, 2018, 09:02:50 PM »
I hope all of you keep posting your questions and suggestions.

I know many people who can't mobilise more than 20 meters but who would not be suitable for a wheelchair but if you look at Sunny Clouds profile there is this footer on the posts "(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)"   The written word is often open to miss interpretation, mainly because our underlying moods influence how we interpret everything around us.   

Fiz I think you are feeling vulnerable due to your current situation and Sunny Clouds maybe your obsessive problem solving is running free today.   I hope that both of you are able to forgiven and move on as we all need input from various perspectives.

I might be wrong (probably) but without diferent views and perspectives this would be a very boring place.
 >dove<
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Welfare Rights / Re: My call-up papers have arrived
« Last post by Monic1511 on June 21, 2018, 08:47:02 PM »
I would mention the reasons why you can drive a car only once, 
if you want pm me your reconsideration before you send it - obviously without your nino & name etc - I'll look at it and highlight any bits I think will be taken and twisted. I wont be offended if you don't want me to do that so don't stress.

The DWP take the view if you drive a manual car you must have upper body strength and no issues with co-ordination vision and multi tasking.  So they twist it to imply you are driving in rush hour traffic etc.

take care
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Cafe / Re: Word Association Game
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on June 21, 2018, 05:01:40 PM »
Change
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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on June 21, 2018, 04:57:39 PM »
Oh dear, did that sound rather soppy from me?  It's cos I care, don'tcha know  ;-)

...and going back to this Paulton's Park, I can imagine it must be very difficult (for anyone running an entertainment facility) to get it totally right when trying to accommodate various levels of mobility impairment.  There's bound to be someone who's going to feel cheated in some way - but certainly there should be some sort of discount for a carer, I feel.
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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by KizzyKazaer on June 21, 2018, 11:25:07 AM »
Thanks, Bub, for some very common sense words there about making judgements.

I hope both Fiz and Sunny continue posting here, but sometimes people do need to take a short break and that's OK.  There's bound to be disagreements at times especially if both parties are under any kind of other stress.  The members here are, after all, only human like everywhere else - and mostly I see kindness and empathy on Ouch Too. 

 >bighugs< for anyone hurting right now
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Disability Talk / Re: Steroid injections?
« Last post by bub1 on June 21, 2018, 09:11:36 AM »
I probably won’t have surgery and try everything else.
Because of the way my spine is it wouldn’t be the last operation I would have on it.
Will see what happens
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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by bub1 on June 21, 2018, 09:03:38 AM »
No one should have to defend themselves on here. Everyone has different levels of disabilities some seen some not seen.
Therefore it should not be judged.
I don’t have a wheelchair nor could I propel one if I did have one.
I only go out if someone takes me. Mainly hospital appointments or out with my son which is not very often.
So please do not judge as I said some things can’t be judged. Unless you are in a position like the person posting you would not know.
Keep posting Fiz and coming on here.
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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Fiz on June 21, 2018, 07:18:04 AM »
Sunny, I am really picking up some antagonism from you towards me and have done from the last few days. I'll briefly answer but then will take some days off the board as I'm feeling fragile.

My issue with walking isn't mechanical, I have the physical ability to do it. My problem is pain which increases every few steps until the pain reaches a level that I'm not able to manage the pain any longer and am unable to walk further. I wouldn't go on any rides if there was any chance of being jolted as that causes excruciating neuropathic pain although that pain is temporary it's enough to put me off doing something that might cause it It must be 20 years since I went to Paultons and I can't see a situation where I would visit there unless it was to watch my grandchildren enjoy the park and rides. They've been there recently.

Why don't I have a wheelchair? Lifting my shopping causes me pain despite spreading my shopping thinly between lots of bags. I can't imagine that I'd be able to lift a wheelchair at any time. I wouldn't physically be able to propel a manual wheelchair myself if I were in it, I'm not light.

I'm trying to think what else you said, suggested or asked me. Oh, the danger I would cause others? I'm unsure what made you think that, I have never ever been a danger to anyone else. If you're referring to my PTSD reactions to anger around me or men in close proximity where I feel I cannot escape, get away etc which causes an immense panic reaction, I then sob. Loudly and continuously for hours. I'm unable to stop myself or calm myself. It's a reaction to the massive panic I feel when triggered by past memories. The Consultant Psychiatrist said this is a classic example of a reaction to a PTSD trigger. I can't see how that could possibly be a danger to anyone else.

Now I feel I have defended myself I will go and try and calm myself.
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Disability Talk / Re: Paultons Park
« Last post by Sunny Clouds on June 20, 2018, 10:57:26 PM »
I think they go a long way towards accommodating eventualities.   They have ensured that almost all their rides are accessible to wheelchair users so there is no need for a wheelchair user to have a second rate experience.  They offer free entry to those with their own wheelchairs and also provide free wheelchair hire.

What is at issue here is whether they should provide free entry to those that use a wheelchair but do not arrive in one.  One could argue that they should accept something like evidence of higher rate DLA or enhanced rate PIP mobiity to provide for free access, but then I should have thought it unlikely that anyone able to walk from the car park to the wheelchair hire facility would be eligible for higher/enhanced rate mobility.


That being so, I struggle to see on what basis one would expect them to provide free entry to people who are capable of walking from the car park to the hire facility, bearing in mind that such people would be able to sit down on the rides and then walk from ride to ride.

I have already addressed the issue of supervision and expressed the opinion that the appropriate adjustment there would be for the child rate to be charged for the person requiring supervision.  Having regard to what Fiz has told us elsethread, I assume she would need very close supervision for her safety and that of others but also that she would not wish to tell Paultons that any more than she'd be willing to forewarn flight staff responsible for passenger safety.

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