Key policy and campaign issues. February 2013. Key issues: Independent Living Fund Welfare Reform - Bedroom tax - DLA/PIP - Universal credit Public Sector Equality Duties update. Independent Living Fund (ILF).
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Key policy and campaign issues
- Bedroom tax
- Universal credit
Independent Living Fund (ILF) – CAMPAIGNS ACTIONS
Under new housing benefit rules the size criteria allows one bedroom only for each person or couple living as part of the household.
How much money will be cut?
An average of £14 a week. Housing association tenants are expected to lose £16 a week on average, according to Government estimates.
When does it come in? April 2013 to tenants of working age.
Disabled people could lose:
October 2013 – if you have a change in how a health condition or ‘disability’ affects you, or reach the end of an existing award of DLA , or are approaching the age of 16, you will be invited to claim PIP.
From 2015 – DWP will start to contact everyone else receiving DLA
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – CAMPAIGNS ACTIONS
Universal credit will replace:
up to 116,000 disabled people who work could be at risk of losing around £40 per week.4
EDF members met with Equalities Minister on 13 February
Concerns about opportunity to give evidence was raised:
Result: DDPO’s meeting with Chair of panel, and Gov’ lead on the review, on 13 March.
Public Sector Quality Duty – CAMPAIGNS ACTIONS
Adult Social Care – CAMPAIGNS ACTIONS