Charity calls for better benefits support for sick and disabled people : Welfare Weekly


A leading charity has called on both the UK and Scottish government’s to improve the benefits support available for people with disabilities, as new figures show that more than one in four people (28%) who visit the charity for advice are unable to work due to illness or a disability.

Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is calling for a substantial reduction in the number of face-to-face benefit assessments, as well as the complete abolition of repeat assessments for claimants whose medical conditions are unlikely to improve.

They are also demanding a change to the eligibility criteria of Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

Under the current rules, claimants can only access the highest level of the PIP mobility component if they are unable to walk more than 20 metres without severe pain or discomfort.

CAS wants this rule to be increased to 50 metres, as it was under the previous system Disability Living Allowance, so that a greater number of applicants with severe mobility issues can access the support they need and hopefully prevent the loss of specially adapted vehicles.

Other recommendations include:

 

Source: Charity calls for better benefits support for sick and disabled people : Werlfare Weekly

Citizens Advice blame rent arrear rise on Universal Credit & welfare reform : Universal Credit Sufferer


A new report released by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has blamed the UK government’s welfare reforms for a rise in clients seeking help for rent arrears on. The report comes the day after the government whipped their MPs to block the release of papers showing how Universal Credit will impact families.
The report starts by saying that in Scotland, the agency has seen a 40% rise in clients seeking assistance for rent arrears. Before you can even get into the report their findings are listed, and it doesn’t make comfortable reading for the government in Westminster.
The first and possibly most damning finding for the Tories says;

 

Source: Citizens Advice blame rent arrear rise on Universal Credit & welfare reform : Universal Credit Sufferer

Russian Olympic ban upheld, Moscow denounces ‘crime against sport’ | Reuters


Sport’s highest tribunal rejected on Thursday Russia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow.

Source: Russian Olympic ban upheld, Moscow denounces ‘crime against sport’ | Reuters