Your May 2020 Direct Payment e-newsletter How is the Coronavirus Pandemic affecting you? West Sussex County Council want to know how the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting their residents, and want to better understand how they can provide support to those who need it the most. They’ve created a survey to gather this information and are asking as many residents as possible to complete it, so the Council are able to shape their response to the current crisis as well as their plans for the future. The survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and will close on Sunday 31 May 2020. To access the survey, please click here. New Government Guidance on accessibility assistance for benefit requests If you have a disability and are applying for a benefit, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can make adjustments depending on your impairment. The DWP says it can make adjustments if your disability or health condition means that you have:• Difficulty using the phone• Difficulty using a computer• Difficulty reading letters or filling in forms• Difficulty attending face-to-face meetings• Difficulty managing your own affairs GOV.UK have recently created a new webpage to share this information and the page will be regularly updated as the DWP improves its accessible communication services To read more about the DWP benefit adjustments, please click here. Report your experience of getting care or treatment during the Coronavirus Pandemic The charities Disability Rights UK and In Control want to know your experience of health treatment or care during the Coronavirus Pandemic. They have set up an initiative called Be Human, which plans to create and maintain a public record of how disabled people and those who require care and support experience accessing care and treatment during the Coronavirus pandemic. Any information gained from the initiative will be used to increase transparency and to influence the future policy and practice of government, the NHS and local councils. To find out more and report your experience, please click here. Free Direct Payment resources We know that starting out with a Direct Payment and becoming an employer of your own support staff can seem daunting. So we have made free-to-use resources to support you to be a confident and professional employer of Personal Assistants. Our website contains over seventy factsheets and templates on topics like recruitment, beginning and ending employment, payroll, insurance and many more. To view our range of free Direct Payment resources, please click here.