DWP: Touchbase – Fri 30 July

Roundup of recent DWP announcements

National Disability Strategy published

This week the Government has published its landmark National Disability Strategy.

The strategy aims to transform the lives of disabled people across the UK, tackling the barriers that prevent many disabled people from fully benefiting from, and contributing to, every aspect of our society.

Bringing together departments and agencies across Government, the National Disability Strategy is focused on the priorities that disabled people have highlighted through one of the largest listening exercises of its kind. It includes a wide-ranging set of practical actions to improve the everyday lives of disabled people.

Its focus ranges across public services, housing, transport, education, leisure, shopping, employment, and rights and perceptions.

The Strategy is also available in alternative formats.  

Health and disability green paper open consultation

“Shaping future support: the health and disability green paper” explores how the benefits system can better meet the needs of disabled people and those with health conditions. It was informed by extensive engagement with disabled people, people with health conditions, and their representatives.

The green paper is now seeking views on how we can improve our current services so they are better and easier to use. We want to hear about the approaches we should consider to improve the system.

Following the 12-week consultation, detailed proposals will then be brought forward in a white paper next year, setting out how we can better enable people to take up work and live more independently. It will outline the changes we want to make to the benefits system to better address structural and delivery challenges. The green paper, along with accessible versions and a link to the consultation site, is now available on GOV.UK. Please encourage your members, supporters and networks to get involved in this consultation.

Health is everyone’s business consultation response published

“Health is everyone’s business” was a consultation published in July 2019, which looked at proposals to reduce ill health related job loss.

This response reaffirms the Government’s ambition to see one million more disabled people in work by 2027 and outlines a balanced package of measures to minimise the risk of ill health related job loss.

The measures the Government is taking forward provide greater clarity around employer/employee rights and responsibilities; recognise the important role of Occupational Health; and reinforce the need for employers to have access to clear and compelling information and advice that is easy to understand, trustworthy and accessible, as well as improving access to expert support services when needed.

Together with the National Disability Strategy, they are part of this Government’s holistic approach to support disabled people and those with long-term health conditions to live full and independent lives.

More information

Child Disability Payment – Scotland

Child Disability Payment (CDP) is the new Social Security Scotland benefit replacing Disability Living Allowance for children (DLAc) for eligible customers living in Scotland.

The Scottish Government has introduced new claims to CDP in three local authority areas, Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and the Western Isles.

Customers across the rest of Scotland will be able to claim CDP from autumn 2021.

The majority of entitlement conditions for CDP will remain the same as DLAc. Rates will be the same as DLAc.

CDP will be treated the same as DLAc for entitlement to reserved DWP benefits.

Find out more

Changing Places Toilets fund now open for applications

Councils in England are being urged to apply for a share of a £30m fund to install life-enhancing Changing Places Toilets (CPTs) in public places and tourist attractions, providing a significant increase in areas where users want them most. 

Over 250,000 people in the country need these facilities to enable them to get out and about and enjoy the day-to-day activities many of us take for granted. 

There are currently around 1,200 registered Changing Places Toilets in England – these are larger accessible toilets for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets, with equipment such as hoists, curtains, adult-sized changing benches, and space for carers.  

Research shows country parks, open spaces, tourist attractions, and transport networks are where users would like to see new CPTs. Users will be able to take part in more recreational activities with dignity, confidence, and freedom.

New Managing Pension Schemes service

HMRC is encouraging Pension Scheme Administrators (PSAs) and Pension Scheme Practitioners (PSPs) to enrol for the new Managing Pension Schemes service.

The new service will replace the current Pension Schemes Online service and will: 

  • Allow PSAs to view their pension scheme(s) eligible for migration – from later this year.
  • Provide the latest information on their pension scheme(s) and migrate them over to the Service – from Spring 2022.
  • File accounting for tax returns for their pension schemes (replacing the current service) – from Spring 2022.

If you are a PSA or PSP, you can find out more information about enrolling on GOV.UK