welfare rights

Let’s make this a General Election for everybody

Let’s make this a General Election for everybody At Community Living it is not for us to take sides in the forthcoming general election, but with all parties we intend to ensure that people with learning disabilities are on the political agenda.…

The rules are more complex but a child may still qualify for DLA

Charlie Callanan  explains how claims for disability living allowance (DLA) can still  be made for children with a learning disability aged under 16 years. A child can qualify for the DLA care component either because of their need for attention with bodily functions (eg.…

Preparing people for benefit assessments

To avoid some of the more disastrous outcomes for people attending medical examinations people should be properly prepared and, if necessary, accompanied, says Charlie Callanan Medical examinations to assess welfare benefit claims have become notorious among claimants with disabilities and those supporting and advising them.…

Working tax credits remain but there is a sting in the tail

Although the Chancellor has done a U-turn on his plan to cut working tax credits the introduction of Universal Credit will still mean many working families are worse off. Charlie Callanan has been looking at the figures. The Government’s plans to cut tax credits caused uproar in the political establishment.…

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