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DWP appoints Paul Gray to carry out independent review of personal independence payment.
The DWP has appointed Paul Gray CB, chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC), to carry out the first independent review of PIP during its first two years of operations.
In a written statement, Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning said -
‘The review will provide valuable independent insight into the how the assessment process is operating in its early stages.’
Here in Preston, DENW together with Preston Learning Disability Forum and the Independent Community Advocacy Network have submitted a joint response drawn from our experience of PIP over the last 18 months.
You can download a copy from the link below.
Preston Pride took place in Preston Town Centre on Saturday.
This years's theme was "Heroes" and the event heard speakers Stuart Rutlidge, Lancashire Police and our own CEO, Melanie Close.
Here are some photos:
An award given in memory of former Disability Equality NW Chairperson, Lesley Finley, is set to recognize the positive impact made by a disabled person.The ceremony for the first Community Award will be held at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston on September 5th, in memory of the courageous woman, who died suddenly last September.
Lesley, who used to be a nurse, was registered blind at the age of 25 caused by the diabetes which she was diagnosed with at the age of 10.
She had two kidney transplants as well as two pancreas transplants and was also a bilateral amputee - not many people realized that Lesley wore two prosthetic legs.
But despite her health issues, she worked tirelessly for Disability Equality NW as our chairperson and guided the organization through many years of its early struggle to achieve an effective resource for disabled people in the locality as well as a voice for disabled people's rights.
The awards evening, which is sponsored by Community Gateway Association will be attended by Lesley's family and that of her husband Aiden, Staff and Volunteers from DENW as well as the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston Nick and Barbara Pomfret, leader of Preston City Council Peter Rankin, Community Gateway Director of Resources Rob Wakefield and the chairman of Lancashire County Council Kevin Ellard.
Looking for work and need some help?
Disability Equality NW are offering FREE training on the ‘Where to Start?’ course. The course is aimed at people who are looking to get into work. The course will cover Building Confidence, In Work benefits, Basic IT including Job Searches and Building a CV.
DENW celebrated its 18th Birthday with a summer party for members, volunteers, staff, trustees and friends.
Music was provided by the Yard Dogs (featuring our very own Joe Cobb on bass - fortunately he only sang a little) who at one point involved the whole party in their rhythm section!
Pie and peas followed by a presentation made by our Chairman Pratap Parmar to thank all the staff and volunteers over the past 18 years drew the evening to a close. Well done us!
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