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Solihull agency voices concern over new disability benefits

A DISABILITY advice service is warning borough residents there are more ‘stressful’ and ‘confusing’ times ahead when new benefits come into force next year.

A DISABILITY advice service is warning borough residents there are more stressful and confusing times ahead when new benefits come into force next year.

This year has seen changes to welfare benefits, including Incapacity Benefit to Employment Support Allowance, which has left many disabled residents confused about the new procedure, as well as being entitled to less money.

From next year, those claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be moved to the new Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Housing Benefit will also be reduced for those with spare bedrooms, Community Care Grants are being phased out and benefit claimants of working age will be switched to the new Universal Credit system.

DIAL Solihull (Disability Information and Advice Line) has been supporting residents with the benefit changes.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: The change from Incapacity Benefit to Employment Support Allowance has continued to have a significant impact on those affected, both in the short term with the completion of complex and confusing forms and attending stressful medical examinations - and in the longer term.

The situation is set to become more stressful and confusing as, beginning in 2013, a series of changes to more benefits begins.

Whilst not all these changes will affect all disabled residents, a significant number will find themselves receiving letters, requests for information, new forms to complete, which will no doubt lead to further stress and anxiety for those involved.

If you are affected by these changes, you can contact DIAL on 0121 770 0333 or email enquires@dialsolihull.org.uk

 

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