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 the UK, with over 1,600 responses. They were asked about things that affected their daily lives, like money, social

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). You may prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. Keep your bedroom window closed on a winter’s

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 50% increase since 2013. Despite an increase in the number of disabled individuals of working age since 2013 of 2.3

The Priority Services Register (PSR) is a free support service to help people in vulnerable situations in the event of a power cut and is free to join. You are eligible to join the PSR if you: have reached your state pension age are disabled or have a long-term medical condition are recovering from an

Independent Lives is proud to announce a community concert to help raise funds for the essential services we provide. We are very pleased to be supported by Ratcliffe Creative a music production and performance company run by Nigel Ratcliffe. Nigel is supporting Independent Lives because: “Independent Lives have supported my wife and me to employ carers

We think working in care is one of the best jobs a person can have. We’ve already said why being a personal assistant is so rewarding, but maybe you’re thinking about a role in domiciliary care. Here are some of the positive things a career in home care has to offer: The work is flexible:

With winter drawing closer, Independent Lives welcome the steps taken by the government to try and address the cost-of-living crisis with a freeze to the energy price cap, but for disabled people and those who support them to live independently, the measures announced on Thursday 8 September, do not go far enough. For many disabled

Summer officially ends on 23 September, that’s just over four weeks away. Before the dull and gloomy winter and rain set in again, lets enjoy the opportunity of what summer brings, being more active, productive, and feeling that ‘good feel’ factor by helping us raise some funds for our charity, Independent Lives. Here are five

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 October. Qualifying disability benefits include Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Armed Forces Independence Payment, Constant Attendance

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 are. If you have never thought about working as a personal assistant, then here are seven reasons we think