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Six million disabled people to get Cost of Living payment in September

Those being paid a qualifying disability benefit will be paid automatically from 20 September, with the vast majority of those eligible expected to receive their one-off payment within a couple of weeks by the beginning of...
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Sue’s story

Sue lives in Worthing with her husband. She’s been using the Independent Lives Care Service since 2015. Sue used to be a carer before health issues meant that she needed to stop working. “I was a carer...
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Seven reasons to work as a personal assistant

Every day, in the UK, thousands of personal assistants work to change the lives of the people they support. They make a huge contribution to health care and deserve to be recognised for the heroes they...
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Building a society where everyone can take part

Have you ever felt that you weren’t able to participate in something because of the world around you? That someone else’s opinion or lack of understanding got in the way of you fulfilling your potential? As...
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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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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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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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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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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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