When PIP was introduced I knew that I would have to be reassessed

But I presumed the process would just be a formality and that I would retain my benefits.Read more

Rebecca, CEO, reflects on the impact of our work

You are what makes Independent Lives one of the best places in the country to work. In the last year we not only supported 1,400 disabled people through the Direct Payment Information and Advice service, our care service also provided 42,211 hours of care and support.Read more

Introducing Rebecca Smicle

We have a great team and really good culture. When I joined Independent Lives we were working to set up support for Direct Payments to enable choice and control and these core values are still very much alive across the whole organisation today.Read more

Personal Budgets – June’s story

June’s budget, and the control we have over it, has allowed us to stay together. This is the most supported June has ever been, things couldn’t be better. Without this, I would be visiting June in a nursing home.Read more

Having a Personal Budget can transform your life

I know, it’s transformed mine. However many people can be very daunted at first and worry they will be taking on too much. But with the right support, guidance and conversations built around their needs the experience can be very positive.Read more

Let’s talk about death

Every year in May Dying Matters hosts an awareness week, giving us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death, and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year we’re being asked: What can you do?Read more

Still under lock and key?

Independent Lives responds to the Dispatches programme on the continuing use of inpatient units to house people with learning disabilities.Read more

What being a Personal Assistant means to me

What’s my favourite part of the job? Being an advocate for the person I care for.Read more

When is a chair not a chair?

Here’s one for you… Q. When is a chair not a chair? A. When they’re a wheelchair user! Not laughing? No, neither were my son Dan and I (pictured) when he was once again addressed as an article of furniture, rather than a human being, on a recent day out.Read more