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Benefit Caps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards   
Monday, 30 November 2015 22:36


The government discriminated against disabled people when it failed to exempt some unpaid carers from its cap on benefits, the High Court has ruled.
It comes after two adult carers challenged the way the benefits cap applied to people who care for their disabled adult children or relatives.
Carers can claim about £60 a week for caring for relatives - but claims can be included in the £500 benefit cap.
This indirectly discriminated against disabled people, the judge said.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said the government "values the important role of carers" and was "considering the judgment and will respond in due course".
He said 98% of carers were unaffected by the benefits cap, which was introduced across England, Scotland and Wales in 2013 and limits how much any one household can receive in state benefits.
To qualify for the Carer's Allowance, carers must provide full-time care - more than 35 hours a week - to a severely disabled person who receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 22:36
Branch Elections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Monday, 30 November 2015 19:40

Branch Elections


Every year your UNISON Branch holds an annual general meeting (AGM). As well as being an opportunity for members to come and meet their Branch committee, we also approve and vote on any rule changes, review the Branch over the past year and elect your Branch Officers for the year ahead. 


The next AGM is set for 24th February 2016, venue to be confirmed. 


The nomination period for officer elections is set in our Branch rules and opens on 1st December 2015. You can download a nomination form by clicking on this link.


Nominations need to be received by 6th January 2016.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2015 12:18
Mission to India report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Anand Pillai   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:24

                                    National Ambulance BME Forum Mission to India Report


The Mission to India Project was an idea of Dennis Moss a long time member of the National Ambulance BME Forum, 18 Months ago thought about, when on first hand he saw how School Children in Jamshedpur North India lacked Basic First Aid Skills to save a person’s life.  


He approached many Schools in Jamshedpur with his idea in mind, and eventually Father David Vincent the Principal of St Mary’s English High School, Bistupur Jamshedpur agreed with this project of delivering Basic First Aid Training, and Father David invited Teachers from other

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 11:49
Return to work interviews PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Monday, 09 November 2015 12:44

Return To Work Interviews

I am often contacted by members of staff and asked for my opinions with regard to return to work (RTW) interviews, the process and what, in my humble opinion should be taking place. In a nutshell there are numerous reasons and justifications for the RTW interview but to avoid the laborious task of spelling out every chapter, section, sub section or paragraph, it is important to look at the overall situation and to consider the possible knock on effects if we did not carry out the RTW interview robustly.

When an employee returns to work following an absence due to illness or injury ( or even a sabbatical) there are numerous “black holes” that are waiting to snare us at a later date if we fail to conduct the RTW interviews appropriately and that includes ensuring they are carried out in a timely manner. So, having laid the groundworks, let’s look at what should happen in an ideal environment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 08:02
Overhaul of the work capability assessment promised PDF Print E-mail
Written by Submitted By Dave Edwards   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 18:38

Labour’s new shadow minister for disabled people has promised a major overhaul of the work capability assessment (WCA), and no further cuts to disability support, but has stopped short of calling for a return to previous levels of spending.

Debbie Abrahams also signalled that Labour would go on the offensive to defend the need for a strong social security system.

She made it clear in speeches to several fringe events at Labour’s conference in Brighton this week that it was too early to outline any detailed policies, but she provided some clues to her future direction.

She told a fringe event organised by the Employment Related Services Association – which represents the employment support industry – she wanted to see a “more holistic, personalised approach” in supporting disabled people into work.

And she told that event that the WCA was “not fit for purpose”, was “not humane” and was “not effective”, and needed to be “completely overhauled”.

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