Benefits and law

Stairlift Funding

The link below takes you to a page specifically about grants that are available to help with the cost of purchasing a stairlift. It contains a grant searching tool, the “DFG Finder”, which shows the Disabled Facilities Grant contact information for every council. You can see this tool under the Disabled Facilities Grant section of this page:

Statement from DWP on changes to PIP regulationsplaceholder

First published on 23 February 2017

Suicide prevention: interim report from House of Commons Select Committee

Consensus statement on sharing information with families

5.Although a patient’s right to confidentiality is paramount, there are instances where professionals sharing information—with consent—with a person’s trusted family or friends could save their life. Stronger action needs to be taken to raise awareness of the Consensus Statement, to train staff in this area (including training on how to seek consent), and to engender a culture shift away from the current presumption that suicidal patients will not want their family or friends to be involved in their recovery. (Paragraph 26)


1.The refreshed suicide prevention strategy must be underpinned by a clear implementation strategy, with strong national leadership, clear accountability, and regular and transparent external scrutiny. In the words of a bereaved parent, “we cannot allow more lives to be lost because we do not have effective governance and implementation”. (Paragraph 11)

2.We recommend that the Government’s updated strategy should include a clear implementation programme, with strong external scrutiny of local authority plans and progress. Local areas also need a clear message from the top that suicide prevention plans are mandatory. (Paragraph 12)

Full article dated 15th December 2016 here:

Housing Benefit after Wednesday 22 February 2017

From Wednesday 22 February 2017 a new government benefit called Universal Credit will be introduced in Southampton. This means if you are of working age you will no longer be able to make a new claim for the benefits listed below:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance Income Based
  • Employment and Support Allowance Income Related
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit (some exceptions apply)

> Find out if you are still eligible to receive Housing Benefit

If you are working age and already receiving one of these benefits you will continue to do so until your circumstances change and that benefit stops.

Universal Credit does not help with Council Tax costs, if you need help paying your Council Tax bill you can make a claim. More information about Universal Credit is available at the GOV.UK website.

Recent changes to benefits

Revision to Guidance on Housing Benefit Managed Payment

The DWP has recently revised their guidance which required a potentially vulnerable person to give up the managed payment so that the LA recognised the rent shortfall and has now said that there is no reason why DHPs should not be paid to those whose Universal Credit is paid via managed payments. See revised guidance HB G12/2016 for full details.

Bereavement Support Payment extension

The government is to extend its new Bereavement Support Payment from 12 months to 18 months at a reduced rate from April 2017.

This will replace Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance for anyone who loses a spouse or civil partner from 6 April 2017.  Recipients of the previous bereavement benefits will not be affected.

Bereavement Support will now be made up of a one-off payment of £3,500 (for pregnant women and those with dependent children) or £2,500 followed by 18 monthly installments of £350 (or £100).

Universal Credit Rollout in Southampton

New guidance has been issued to provide for the further expansion of the Universal Credit digital rollout between February and April 2017.

This is the weekly rollout of the latest affected postcodes:
22 February 2017

SO14, SO15, SO16 2, SO16 4 to SO16 6, SO17, SO18 1, SO18 4, SO18 6, SO18 9, SO19 1 and SO19 2, SO19 4, SO19 5, SO19 7 to SO19 9, SO18 2, SO18 3, SO18 5, SO19 0, SO19 6, SO30 0, SO30 3 and SO30 4, SO30 9, SO16 0, SO16 3, SO16 7 to SO16 9, SO30 2, SO40 0, SO40 2, SO40 3, SO40 8, SO43, E3 2, E3 3, SO31 4, SO31 5, SO31 8.

Accessible Guide to Rights for People with Dementia

Our Dementia
Our Rights

This is an extract from the Introduction:

2016 has been called “a watershed moment for people with dementia across the world.” 3 In this year, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) committed its 83 national Alzheimer Associations to a human rights-based policy. This followed strong representation from Dementia Alliance International (DAI), a worldwide, non-profit, association of people with dementia at all ages. But there is still confusion and ignorance about what these rights actually are. The purpose of this accessible guide is to bring together in one place the facts about some of the key rights relating to dementia in the UK. In doing this we hope to empower people with dementia, their carers and their advocates to use their rights. It is not easy to simplify complex laws and rights. We are aware that the information might feel overwhelming. Do read it slowly and in short chunks if that helps.

If you prefer a very short, easy-read guide to human rights, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has produced ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities What does it mean for you?’ 4 . (There is also a fuller version).

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) also has an accessible guide ‘Mental Health, Mental Capacity: My human rights’ 5 . Our guide should be useful for: • People with dementia • Carers, family members, supporters and advocates • Organisations, volunteers and professionals concerned with rights issues relating to dementia, ageing, disability and carers • Service providers and commissioners So if you are any of these, read on – and we hope to give you a better understanding of what rights you have and why they matter. Disclaimer: This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser who will help you with your individual situation and needs (see Section 11).

Download the guide here:

Free equipment for disabled people to individual needs

Remap is a national charityRemap that works through local groups of skilled volunteers.  We help disabled people achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs.  This tailor made equipment helps people to carry out essential daily tasks without having to ask for help, or helps them take part in leisure occupations or sports that would otherwise be impossible.

They are pleased to give people our equipment free of charge. This is because they are a charity and are not trying to make money.  All our running costs are covered by donations and support from charities and their volunteers give their time for free.

How does Remap work?

When you contact them they will ask you for a few details about what you need, to assess whether they can help you. If some equipment that would help you already exists, they will encourage you to buy that. Their help is for situations where there is nothing commercially available that is suitable.

If they think we can help, a volunteer from your nearest group will visit you to discuss your situation and understand what you need. They like to have an occupational therapist there too.  Following that, they will design and make a piece of equipment specifically for you, in a way that meets your needs.  Sometimes they will modify existing equipment to make it more suitable for you.

They make no charge for the devices they make and each item is made for an individual person.

What sort of equipment do Remap make?

The list is endless, but there are some examples of completed items in the case study section of this website.  But don’t allow your imagination to be limited by those examples!  They know that each person is different and they want to understand what challenges you face.  Then they will work with you to devise a gadget that will help you.

D9 Chaucer Business Park
Kent TN15 6YU


Tel: 01732 760209


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From 07 November 2016 carers entitled to Carer’s Allowance will be exempt from the Benefit Cap.

The change in the law follows a lengthy campaign by Carers UK and others to highlight the iniquity of further reducing financial support for unpaid carers. Following a landmark High Court Judgment in November 2015, the Government amended the Welfare Reform and Work Act in January 2016 to exempt carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, alongside those with an underlying entitlement to the benefit, from the Benefit Cap.

The exemption comes into force as Benefit Cap levels are further reduced, which would have seen greater numbers of carers impacted by the policy.

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“We are pleased that from today carers entitled to Carer’s Allowance will no longer be subject to the Benefit Cap. From the outset Carers UK argued that reducing financial support for carers was wrong.

 “Exempting carers from the benefit cap is a necessary step towards greater recognition for carers and a strengthening of their rights. We hope this is further built upon in the forthcoming Carers Strategy, due to be published by the Government in the coming months.”

For more details on the Benefit Cap exemption for carers see our information at: