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Jul 19 2024

July is Disability Pride Month

It’s now July, which brings with it a celebration that many may not be aware of. July is Disability Pride Month, an event that began in America over 30 years ago and is celebrated in many other countries, including the UK. So how did it all start? The origins of Disability Pride Month Disability Pride
Close-up of a document with the word 'Policy' at the top. A green highlighter is shown marking the word 'policy' in a list that includes 'government' and other partially visible terms. This image represents the focus on policy analysis and consultation, particularly relevant to the discussion of the PIP reform green paper and proposed changes to the disability benefit.

Jul 10 2024

Disability benefits under review – make your voice heard

Do you claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or are you a carer for someone who does? Would you like to share your views on the government’s latest proposals to ‘modernise’ the benefit system? The latest health and disability green paper proposes significant changes to the disability benefit PIP. A green paper is a type of

Jul 9 2024

Stop overpaying for prescriptions – Get a PPC

People always ask me, ‘Well don’t you get your prescriptions free because of your impairment?’.  The answer is ‘no’. Unfortunately a lot of chronic health conditions do not meet the criteria for a medical exemption card as it is a surprisingly short list. So, it is important to know that there is another option. With
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Jul 1 2024

Independent Lives unveils groundbreaking research on cost-of-living impact on disabled people and carers

Independent Lives has today released a comprehensive report detailing the severe impact of the cost-of-living crisis on disabled people and carers in Sussex. The research, conducted over 12 months and funded by NHS Health Education England, reveals a community struggling to manage their most basic needs: Disabled people and carers forced to make difficult choices

Jun 12 2024

Independent Lives celebrates prestigious wins at the 2024 WSPiC awards

Independent Lives’ care team has won the prestigious care team award at the highly esteemed 2024 West Sussex Partners in Care (WSPiC) awards. This significant accolade underscores the team’s outstanding dedication and innovative care to individuals across the county. The award highlights several remarkable achievements by the care team over the past year. During the
A selection of the staff of Independent Lives.

Apr 16 2024

2023 Impact Report launched by Independent Lives, highlighting transformative support for disabled people and carers

Independent Lives, a user-led charity dedicated to changing the lives of disabled people, people with support needs, and carers, has today released its 2023 Impact Report. The report showcases the charity’s significant achievements and the positive impact it has made on thousands of people’s lives across Sussex and Croydon over the past year.  Key highlights

Apr 11 2024

Independent Lives supports disabled people to access the Household Support Fund

In an ambitious effort spanning the last twelve months, the Direct Payment team at Independent Lives has played a crucial role in enabling disabled people throughout West Sussex to benefit from the Government’s Household Support Fund. The Household Support Fund scheme supports vulnerable households with the recent significant increase in cost-of-living. The Department of Work
A selection of the staff of Independent Lives.

Apr 4 2024

Independent Lives awarded contract to provide support to East Sussex residents

Independent Lives has been awarded a contract from East Sussex County Council to provide support to disabled people in the county. The service will ensure that recipients of Direct Payments have access to support from highly trained and experienced staff. Support is provided by our Information and Advice team and specialist Direct Payment website PA

Mar 27 2024

MPs suggest benefits are ‘too low’ to meet basic living costs

A recent report by the Work and Pensions Committee, calls on the Government to act to increase financial support for those who need it most.  The cross-party group of MPs has proposed the introduction of a new standard for determining benefit levels that would accurately reflect the cost of living.   This recommendation aims to ensure

Mar 15 2024

Debbie’s story

Debbie has been using Independent Lives services since 2007. She lives in Horsham. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when I was in my early twenties. I was hit by a car, and immediately after the accident I had numbness from my waist down. The symptoms of numbness would subside and then return, and