Disability charities have said that those who are rejected for benefits need more information on how a decision was made
Disabled people who have welfare claims rejected look set to remain in the dark as to the reasons why they have been knocked back.
A second independent review into Personal Independence Payments (PIP), which was carried out last year, recommended that assessment reports should be made available to claimants.
The Westminster government has now published its response to the review - which was led by Paul Gray, chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee – and said that it broadly accepts its main recommendations.

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Students and young people are being asked for their views on the best to access free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland.
The Scottish Government is working with Young Scot – Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship charity – to gather insight into perceptions and experiences of periods and accessing sanitary products.
Young Scot have created a short survey and online activity asking respondents to write an anonymous letter about their periods and experiences accessing sanitary products. The online activities are open to all students across Scotland, not just young people.
The Scottish Government has committed to introducing a scheme to fund access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. “Sanitary products” include tampons, sanitary pads or towels, and panty liners, as well as reusable products such as menstrual cups and reusable towels or pads.
The survey and letter activities are asking students about their past experiences accessing products and how they want to access free sanitary products in the future.
The Scottish Government will use the findings to support the development of a national programme to help end period poverty by providing access to free sanitary products in all schools, universities and colleges. The policy was announced by the First Minister, as part of the Programme for Government, in September.
Young Scot Rewards users will also gain Rewards points for taking part that can be exchanged for exciting opportunities and experiences.
People can access the survey by visiting here.

John Jennings was devastated when his mum was diagnosed with a rare hereditary form of Alzhiemers, but a single call helped to change things
My Alzheimer’s story is quite an unusual one. We have one of the extremely rare inherited forms of Alzheimer’s in our family – my grandfather was one of five siblings who developed the disease in their 40s or 50s.
That meant that my mum – an only child – had a 50-50 risk of developing Alzheimer’s at a similar age. Even though we always knew the risk, when mum started to show symptoms just after I had left for university, none of us really wanted to admit to it.
Her personality seemed to change first of all, and then her memory of social events and the names of my friends. When the first diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment came, it was devastating. I was living away from home, I was worried about supporting my dad, who still works fulltime, worried about how quickly symptoms would go downhill, and selfishly worried about myself too. In the pit of despair, and with more than a few tears, I called the Dementia Helpline for the first time.
I felt that I couldn’t overburden my friends with this huge thing that was happening in my life – and men don’t really talk about these things anyway! But it is easy to feel isolated when you have to face something like this alone. It’s so good to know that there is someone on the other end of the telephone who is happy to just listen, and understands just how horrible this disease can be.
The long process of losing someone you love, and knowing that I’m now at risk of developing the disease too, was scary at first, but being able to talk to someone at arm’s length gave me the confidence to think about dementia in a more positive light. I’m now much happier to talk out about the disease and spread the word – we can all fight this together.

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Servies and Support/dementia Helpline available here


PQASSO has good governance at its core. Quality area 1: Governance, sets the standard for an effective Board and well informed trustees who are meeting all of their legal and regulatory requirements.

Ignoring governance or being ignorant of governance responsibilities can cause your organisation a number of problems including operating with unnecessary risk, lack of transparency and even operating illegally. Using PQASSO gives your organisation a framework within which to review and improve your governance, but you also need to understand your own requirements and responsibilities.

• Read and review your charitable objects (at the top of your governing document), and make sure that all the work you are delivering is still within these.

• Read carefully all rules in your governing document, and make sure you implement them in practice - from electing and resigning trustees, to quorums, eligibility for trusteeship, sub-committees, roles of officers, and so on.

• Make sure all proceedings – meetings, decisions, conflicts, etc – are undertaken in a transparent way.

If you would like to find out more about how PQASSO can help with your governance or any other area of your organisation, please contact Edwina at VAO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has launched a dedicated advice line to help small organisations prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - just call 0303 123 1113 and select Option 4.

More information can be found on the ICO website

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