News & Blog News Your April 2019 Direct Payment e-newsletter Important changes to the Employment Rights Act 1996, affecting payslip information, which will come into force on 6 April 2019 There are already existing laws around payslips, these include that payslips must be delivered on or before the employees’ payday. However from 6 April 2019 Employers must provide an itemised payslip for anyone who has a contract of employment, including variable hours, zero hours as well as fixed contracts. This should include the total number of hours worked where the pay varies according to the hours worked. What does this mean:- Where this applies, the number of hours paid for on this basis (ie on the amount of time worked) must be shown. Any other hours do not need to be shown (although of course they can be shown if it would be helpful to do so). The hours can be broken down into separate figures for different types of work or different rates of pay. For example, where a worker has a fixed salary each month, and works variable overtime with additional pay at an hourly rate, only the hours of overtime need to be shown as hours, the fixed salary will still be shown as normal. It should be clear which pay period they have worked in. Please be aware that a worker who thinks that they have not received a payslip, or that the payslip they have received lacks the required information, may bring a claim before an Employment Tribunal. If you have any questions about this information and how it affects you, please call our Information and Advice team on 01903 219482 ext 301 or email us at [email protected] Motability customers can now lease wheelchairs New customers who lease vehicles through the Motability scheme can now also lease lightweight wheelchairs for an upfront cost of £100. Ideal for those who may need support once they’ve reached their destination. The Wheelchair is provided on a lease basis, just like any other vehicle on the Motability scheme. However, unlike your car, there are no monthly payments and no additional money is taken from your mobility allowance. Currently, there are two lightweight wheelchairs to choose from. One for wheelchair users who self-propel and another for those who need assistance propelling. The wheelchairs are designed to enable wheelchairs users to avoid the hassle of dismantling and stowing their main wheelchair when going out and about. To find out more about the Motability wheelchair lease scheme, please click here. NHS England Personal Budget Survey As part of its plan to increase personal health budgets to 200,000 people by 2023/24, the NHS are looking for feedback from current or past integrated personal budget, personal health budget and personal wheelchair budget users. NHS England will use the survey findings to understand progress, and to prioritise their work to support local and national quality improvement. Relatives, carers or friends can fill in the questionnaire on your behalf. The questionnaire should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. To access the survey, please click here. To find out more about the plans to extend PHB’s, please click here. To find out more about PHB’s, please click here. April is stress awareness month According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems. Individually, we need to understand what is causing us personal stress and learn what steps we can take to reduce it for ourselves and those around us. What can you do for stress awareness month? Talk about Stress and its effects – lets work together to reduce the stigma that is associated with stress by talking about the topic openly and freely with friends, family and colleagues. Share your coping mechanisms – if something has worked for you why not share it. It might benefit someone you care about, and, in the meantime, it might help you take your focus off your own challenges. Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious – we are all undoubtedly going to experience stress and anxiety in our lifetime so treat others going through wit with compassion and empathy. Look after yourself – we all need to think more about self –care. Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed. The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Make time to relax when you need to and learn to say no to requests that are too much for you. Finally, the mental health charity MIND has put together some excellent resources on stress. To visit the Mind website, please click here.