Deaf Project March and Petition – Friday 29th July 2016
“EDA is the one stop shop for disabled people living and working in Enfield.”
Whatever your issue or enquiry we will offer person centred support to access the services and community interests that you identify. If we cannot meet your need effectively, we will support you to identify another provider who can.
EDA provides a number of services and is working towards becoming a one stop shop for disabled people living and working in Enfield. Whatever your issue or enquiry we will offer person centred support to access the services and community interests that you identify. If we cannot meet your need effectively, we will support you to identify another provider who can.
As an individual member you will receive regular updates and news, such as local events, important changes to benefits and services available and receive our regular quarterly newsletters. As well as invites to our Annual General Meeting and other activities.
As a local community group or charity you can become a member of our various partners networks, enabling you to participate in local meetings and help influence decision making in your area.
If you have a few spare hours a week that you would like to put to good use, why not Volunteer for EDA, if you can think of one reason not to, we can give you many good reasons why you should e.g. learn new skills, meet new people, a chance to share your knowledge and experience, receive worthwhile training. Want to know more? Please phone 020 8373 6228 or email email@example.com, it would be great to hear from you.
Personal Independence Payment – Award Rates Based on our experience.
The percentage of Disability Living Allowance claimants to have been change on to Personal Independence Payment who are successful in getting any award of PIP has fallen from 80% in March 2014 to 70% in April 2016. That’s almost one in three people who are losing out entirely, with no explanation as to why decisions are becoming harsher. The award for PIP new claims has plunged even more dramatically from 62% to 42%. Again, there is no explanation of why so few awards are being made.
Most cases are needing to go to Tribunal as the mandatory reconsideration success rate for DLA to PIP transfers has plummeted to 19.5% and 17.2% for new claims. PIP appeal success rates currently standing at 63% and rising.
How are Mobility car are affected by DLA/PIP changeover
It is reported over 100 motability cars are being returned due to claimants not meeting the new criteria on PIP. Please see our new factsheet here which explains what to expect.
Enfield Disability Action Report about Council cuts and Deaf Community
EDA’s Councillors Question Time
Following our successful MP’s event in December EDA hosted a local Counsellors Question Time. Doug Taylor the Leader of the Council attended. EDA’s Councillors’ Question Time took place on 31st May 2016. There were many issues raised from the well attended event. There were many heartfelt and personal accounts, heard as examples of the barriers and lack of resources and specialist assistance which Deaf and disabled people face on a daily basis. A frank, open and useful discussion and exchange. It is hoped that this will contribute to influencing the decision regarding the Deaf Project service cuts, which has a disproportionate impact. Other issues such as housing and funding local people to provide the services and support so vitally needed was also discussed.
ENDIG is still a few weeks away from presenting the petition and it is therefore important to keep encouraging people to show their support by signing the petition. Read the event report here.
Enfield Independent Article
Local newspaper has read EDA’s impact report concerning the withdrawal of Supporting People funding to EDA’s Deaf Project Service. Please see the Enfield Independent article that is available in the link click here
EDA launches Impact Report On Cuts To Services For The Deaf
The project has been running since 1996 has has achieved so much for Enfield’s Deaf community both nationally and locally, it is a unique service in that staff can communicate in BSL (British Sign Language) and are qualified to give help and advice at point of contact.
Any cut to this specialist service may result in the deaf person struggling to even get access to services and receiving the help that they need,this includes the police, health, HRMC,DWP and the local authority. The demand for the service is increasing not decreasing due to new clients arriving and the present climate of budget and welfare benefit cuts.
Have your say on the communication support needs of people who are Deaf, deafblind and deafened…Government ‘Market review’ of Support services for Deaf, deafened, Special Policy & Campaigns Forum!
The government want to understand more about the different communication services used by people who are Deaf, deafblind and deafened to help them plan for the future. This includes BSL English interpreting, Communication Support Workers, Deaf/blind communicators, e-note taking etc. See the BSL video here
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EDA’s MP question time event report
Please see the attached document for a report of the day if you were unable to make the event.
New Blog about Personal Independence Payments!!
Monday 13 July 2015 we hosted a twitter conversation to discuss the roll out of Personal Independence Payment (#PIP) in Enfield. In this post we share all the questions with our answers and relevant resources. read the blog HERE