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Government announces 2023 COVID-19 vaccination programme

As the weather turns colder, the Government is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccination programme for 2023. The Government has confirmed which groups will be entitled to an autumn COVID-19 booster. They are: Residents in care homes...
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Leanne’s story

Leanne has been using Independent Lives services since 2022. She lives in Crawley with her daughter. Life has been a struggle for us for a long time. Aside from living with my impairments, my daughter and...
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Government announces Disability Action Plan consultation

Would you like to share your experiences and views to contribute to a better society for disabled people? New proposals to improve the lives of disabled people have been set out by the Disability Unit (DU)...
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Join the Independent Lives cost of living steering group

We’re looking for people to take part in our cost-of-living steering group. In April, Independent Lives was awarded funding by NHS Health Education England to look the inequalities faced by disabled people and carers in West...
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Government plans to close nearly every railway ticket office in England

The bad news continues for disabled train passengers with the Rail Delivery group (RDG) announcing the potential closure of 1000 ticket offices across the country within the next three years. As part of their plan to...
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Independent Lives joins Worthing Pride 2023 to celebrate Disability Pride Month

Staff from Independent Lives will be taking part in Worthing Pride 2023 on Saturday 8 July, transforming the event into a celebration of inclusivity and support during Disability Pride Month.   Disability Pride Month, observed throughout July,...
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April pay increases for personal assistants on national minimum wage

We want to make sure you are aware that starting from 1 April 2023, if you pay your personal assistants (PAs) at the current National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, you will need to increase...
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Independent Lives raises funds for community hub with Drop 360 event

Employees and friends of Independent Lives will be experiencing a taste of the high life this June with a unique fundraising event. 30 fearless folks will be lowered 138 meters from the top of the iconic...
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Charities call for a social tariff on energy

Over 100 organisations have written an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for a social tariff on energy. The cost-of-living crisis has affected millions up and down the country this winter. And while...
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