Tag Archives: welfare reform

Advocacy support curbs disability poverty risk

The Advocacy Project have been involved in a pilot that shows the benefit of independent advocacy support during social security assessments. The Welfare Advocacy Support  Project has shown the value of expert advocacy support for disabled people and people with long term conditions during assessments for Personal Independence Payment and Work Capability Assessments. The Advocacy Project has been attending disability benefit assessments alongside over 220 people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or neurological conditions. The advocate supports people to understand the process, and to properly communicate the impact of their health issues or disability on their lives. Many people who received support through the project had previously had poor experiences of assessments which had raised their levels of stress and anxiety about what lay ahead. Afghanistan veteran John [not his real name] told the evaluation about the difference between his experience this time, and previous assessments when he had walked out, angered by what he felt was intrusive questioning: “I would have lost the head if the advocate hadn’t been there, I expected to, to be honest. Him being there helped calm me down, he was watching me for the signs, and every time I started to get wound up, he’d butt Continue Reading >

Welfare advocacy support project

The Advocacy Project has received additional funding through a 1 year pilot to provide independent advocacy support to disability benefits claimants. This support is focused on claimants to PIP and ESA and we will be working across our current service areas of East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire The client groups that we will be able to support through this project are: – People with a mental health condition – People with a learning disability – People with a physical disability – People with a neurological condition The type of support we can offer will include: – Assistance to understand, prepare and take part in meetings, assessments etc regarding PIP and ESA – Support in attending meetings, assessments etc. – Support to engage with specialist welfare agencies for appropriate advice. This can include supporting people to attend these appointment with these agencies if necessary The referral process is the same for any of our services – please call our office on 0141 420 0961 and ask for the duty worker. We will do our best to meet the needs of clients but cannot guarantee we will be able to attend all necessary appointments. In these situations we will Continue Reading >