Brave, really?

Most people with a visible disability have probably experienced being called “brave”. It is meant as a compliment, but often not received as such. We get on with what life […]

VAT on payroll

VAT on Payroll Services?

Payroll services provided by charities to disabled employers Many people who need carers or PAs to assist them day to day, and pay them from Direct Payments or a Personal […]

This Girl Can!

This Girl Can!

Mar 14, 2017

I probably escaped quite lightly: only one reader took me to task for failing to mention International Women’s Day last week, and focusing instead on National No Smoking Day. Hopefully, […]

PIP assessments

What’s happening to PIP?

Feb 28, 2017

What was welfare reform supposed to achieve? If memory serves me correctly, one of the key principles of PIP (Personal Independence Payment) was that it would be awarded to people […]

PIP Assessments

PIP assessments “dishonest”

Feb 07, 2017

PIP assessments by Atos and Capita assessors found to be dishonest A recent investigation by the Disability News Service (DNS) found evidence that healthcare professionals engaged by private sector companies […]

DWP and postal service

DWP and the Postal Service

Benefit claim forms lost in transit There was a question posed in our Facebook group last week, concerning communications with the DWP. Essentially, about PIP claim forms being sent by […]