Are you entitled to Personal Independence Payments because of a disability like dyspraxia?
Are your parents /carers entitled to Carer’s allowance for helping you? From April 1 2015 the new Care Act came into effect. It is the most significant reform in social care policy for many years. The aim is to make care and support more consistent right across the country. The Care Act is mostly about people over 18 who require care and support, so if you have needs which are considered to be over and above what is considered ‘normal’ for your age (mental or physical) it’s worth finding out about.
If you are a Carer for a person over 18 who requires support you may want to consider an assessment for this role. Learn more:
- Carers will have expanded rights to an assessment.
- There will be new eligibility criteria.
- People will be more in control of how their needs are met.
And for an easy read version of the ACT see… https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/365345/Making_Sure_the_Care_Act_Works_EASY_READ.pdf
To find out more about eligibility please look at …https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility
To find out more about the Act …https://www.gov.uk/careandsupport
This Act applies to England only. For information relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland please see… http://www.independentage.org/guides/the-care-act/
Filling in the forms is never easy, and it helps if you know what the assessors are looking for.
The sort of questions they ask are about independence in planning shopping and cooking a meal, managing your finances, self care, safety, travelling independently, organisation and communicating.
I was honoured to be chosen to work with a Review Panel in London 2 years ago looking at the old assessment forms. We recommended a broader and more enlightened system and it seems someone has listened!
We have already had a few enquiries from people needing an Occupational Therapist to help them fill in the 40 pages of the PIP forms. This would be part of our normal job, but it’s not one of the Charities current aims.
Would this be a useful role for Dyspraxia Action to develop in the future?
LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK