The British Polio Fellowship is conducting a number of talks to its Branches throughout the country, covering subjects including Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and forthcoming benefit changes and how these are likely to impact those living with Polio and PPS. The final scheduled event takes place on 8th June in Dorset.
As part of the charity’s work marking its 75th Anniversary, Information Officer Laura Skorupa will be giving members in Dorset the benefit of her knowledge on the government’s benefit changes.
“Part of our charity’s ongoing mission is to provide key information and support services to those living with Polio and PPS and Laura’s work forms an important part of that,” said CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill, MBE. “Rising heating costs coupled with the biggest changes to benefits for a generation are a real cause of concern to many of our members and Laura will be providing them with the very latest information.”
Hundreds of thousands of households will be affected by the government’s benefit changes. Billed as the biggest shake up of the welfare system for decades, the likely impact is still being assessed. Universal Credit and the so called ‘Bedroom tax’ have been well trailed, but the Benefit Uprating – with a 1% raise, which amounts to a below inflation cap for three years on income support and elements of housing benefit and the replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) will be key areas of concern for many, particularly as one fifth of current DLA claimants are expected to be ineligible for PIP.
“The benefits landscape in Britain is in a real state of flux,” said Information Officer Laura Skorupa. “As a charity we are doing all we can to ensure members remain fully abreast of any changes which may impact them directly. People often have specific questions and these talks give me an opportunity to directly address some of the more common concerns people may have, of which I’m sure PIP will be top of the list.”
“The government is arguing PIP will be more efficient and easier to understand but what we have is a lot of concerned members,” added Laura. “DLA is already seen as one of the more effective targeted benefits, but with a fraud rate of 0.5%, it’s hard to see this as anything more than a money saving scheme from the government.”
Laura will be answering questions not just on these benefits but all the proposed changes. The talk in Dorset is the final scheduled talk by Laura. Details of the event will be sent to members and the local press and further talks by Laura will be arranged in response to perceived need and member demand for additional help and advice.
For more details please contact The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935, by email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk