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Disability benefits under review – make your voice heard

Do you claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or are you a carer for someone who does? Would you like to share your views on the government’s latest proposals to ‘modernise’ the benefit system? The latest health...
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Independent Lives unveils groundbreaking research on cost-of-living impact on disabled people and carers

Independent Lives has today released a comprehensive report detailing the severe impact of the cost-of-living crisis on disabled people and carers in Sussex. The research, conducted over 12 months and funded by NHS Health Education England,...
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Independent Lives celebrates prestigious wins at the 2024 WSPiC awards

Independent Lives’ care team has won the prestigious care team award at the highly esteemed 2024 West Sussex Partners in Care (WSPiC) awards. This significant accolade underscores the team's outstanding dedication and innovative care to individuals...
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2023 Impact Report launched by Independent Lives, highlighting transformative support for disabled people and carers

Independent Lives, a user-led charity dedicated to changing the lives of disabled people, people with support needs, and carers, has today released its 2023 Impact Report. The report showcases the charity's significant achievements and the positive...
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Independent Lives supports disabled people to access the Household Support Fund

In an ambitious effort spanning the last twelve months, the Direct Payment team at Independent Lives has played a crucial role in enabling disabled people throughout West Sussex to benefit from the Government's Household Support Fund....
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Independent Lives awarded contract to provide support to East Sussex residents

Independent Lives has been awarded a contract from East Sussex County Council to provide support to disabled people in the county. The service will ensure that recipients of Direct Payments have access to support from highly...
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MPs suggest benefits are ‘too low’ to meet basic living costs

A recent report by the Work and Pensions Committee, calls on the Government to act to increase financial support for those who need it most.  The cross-party group of MPs has proposed the introduction of a new standard...
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Debbie’s story

Debbie has been using Independent Lives services since 2007. She lives in Horsham. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was in my early twenties. I was hit by a car, and immediately after...
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Maxine and Lottie’s story 

Maxine has been using Independent Lives services since 2023. She lives in Worthing with Lottie and her husband.    I had Lottie in 2003, which, looking back on it now, seems a lifetime ago. I didn’t know...
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