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Turn2us Benefits and Grants Update February-March 2016

Read the latest news about Benefits, Charitable Funds, Grants and the Turn2us Grants Search






Supporting Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set up an online group called the ‘DLA is Ending Communication Network’ to help organisations support people currently claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

This group provides:

  • Access to information and products about DLA ending and Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • Opportunity to share knowledge

  • Option to feed back to DWP

Please contact Claire Howard to request membership. The online group is hosted on the Knowledge Hub website.

DWP is writing to DLA claimants, in receipt of an indefinite or lifetime award, who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over to tell them their DLA is ending. The letter will invite them to claim PIP and explain what to do next.

DWP has also set up a PIP stakeholder toolkit. This provides information for organisations about PIP and includes a handbook, PIP forms and a quick guide.

Read the Turn2us Personal Independence Payment (PIP) information guide


Flooding and charitable funds

In recent months the UK has had more than its fair share of floods with Storms Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry and Imogen causing havoc. December was the wettest since records began for Scotland and Wales, the fourth-wettest for Northern Ireland and the second-wettest overall for the UK.

If you or your clients have been affected by the floods, help may be available to you from charitable funds listed on our Grants Search, depending on your background, circumstances and needs. Some of these, that help occupations or groups of people who are particularly affected, have set up particular services for potential beneficiaries who are affected by flooding. These include GroceryAid, Retail Trust and Foundations Independent Living Fund (FILT).

Read the Turn2us news article: Charitable funds and people affected by flooding

Grants Spotlight: Caudwell Children

This month's Grants Spotlight is on Caudwell Children, a national charity that provides family support services, equipment, treatment and therapies for disabled children and their families across the UK. There is also an Enable Sport programme for talented disabled athletes and a Destination Dreams holiday for children with life threatening conditions.

Read more about Caudwell Children

Young Carers: Fashion & Textiles Children's Trust (FTCT)

Young Carers Awareness Day - a national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK who provide care and support to family and friends - was held on 28 January.

Carers are an important aspect of Turn2us's work and we marked this day by highlighting the needs of young carers and the help that may be available to them through charitable funds. We also told the story of Jada, 15, who cares for her mother Maya, and how she was helped with a grant from the Fashion & Textiles Children's Trust.

Read Jada and Maya's story
Read Turn2us's news article about help for young carers
Browse the Turn2us Your Situation: Carers information