The DWP have finally created a light touch review form for claimants who have reached pension age or who have an ongoing PIP (Personal Independence Payment) award.
The form known as the AR2 form is being issued from August 2023.
This form is a much shorter alternative to the AR1 PIP award review form, which most claimants who have an end date to their award receive.
The AR2 form is being issued to claimants who have:
very stable needs which are unlikely to change over time
high level needs which will either stay the same or get worse
a planned award review date due on or at State Pension age
PIP was first introduced in 2013. The new form is being brought out just as the earliest PIP claimants with ongoing (no end date) awards, have been claiming for 10 years and are therefore due to have their first review.
A vaccine to prevent shingles, a common, painful skin disease, is currently available on the NHS to people in their 70s. Unlike the flu vaccine, you’ll only need to have the vaccination once and you can have it at any time of the year. Most people will only need 1 dose, but some people who cannot have the routine vaccine for health reasons will need 2 doses.
From September 2023, this vaccine will also be available to people turning 65 after 1 September and to people over 50 with a severely weakened immune system.
Once you become eligible for shingles vaccination a GP or practice nurse will offer you the vaccine when you attend the surgery for general reasons. If you are worried that you may miss out on the shingles vaccination, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment to have the vaccine.
We have been sent the following information about a free 6 week online course aimed at people with MS:
Do you want to enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?
Hope For The Community CIC are running a group self-management programme for people living with MS to improve their wellbeing. The programme was co-created with people living with MS, healthcare professionals and researchers at Coventry University to make sure it is rooted in science.
Free 6 week course starting from 27 September
Facilitated by trained community volunteers with lived experience of MS
Learn whenever you like, at a pace that suits you.
Learn wherever you like. You can access the Programme on desktop, tablet or smartphone.
You can learn whatever you like. If you do not enjoy some of the content or activities, just skip it or bookmark it and come back to it later.
Share and learn from each other. We all have a story to share and we learn best with others. If you want to, make sure you join in the page discussions, forum topics and by liking and commenting on others posts.
Online sessions covering topics such as fatigue management, physical activity, healthy eating, stress management and more
The Government’s Disability Unit has recently launched a 12-week consultation, which will inform the new Disability Action Plan.
This consultation is aimed at anyone with an interest in the action the government will take during 2023 and 2024 to improve the lives of disabled people. Disabled people and disabled people’s organisations may be particularly interested but the consultation is open to everyone, including both organisations and individuals, so this is your chance to have your say.