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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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Study finds disabled people among hardest hit by cost of living crisis

A new report has revealed an enormous income gap between disabled people and non-disabled people, resulting in many more disabled people unable to afford essentials like heating and food. Analysis by the Resolution Foundation has found...
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New Changing Places toilet coming to Worthing

Following a survey by council staff and the borough’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Worthing Borough Council is planning to build a Changing Places toilet. Officers and Councillor Vicki Wells inspected the town’s public toilets to...
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Adur and Worthing Council to hold Montague Place accessibility assessment

Adur and Worthing Council are holding an accessibility assessment, as part of their plans to transform and improve Montague Place. During the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary changes were made to Montague Place due to the increased need...
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Report highlights cost-of-living impact on disabled people

A new report has highlighted the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on disabled people and their families. In July and August, the Greater Manchester Disabled People’s Panel held the most extensive survey of disabled people in...
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Keeping warm this winter

Cold weather can be dangerous and bad for our health. Below is some advice on how to keep warm as the weather starts to turn colder. Keep warm Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F)....
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New research finds one in seven employees have a disability

According to research by the Resolution Foundation, the number of disabled individuals who are working age has increased by 2.3 million in the last ten years. One in every seven employees now has a disability, a...
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