National Disability Strategy for 2020

If you missed the Queen’s Speech on 14 December then you may not be aware of a couple of Government policy plans which will impact on disabled people. First and foremost, a new National Disability Strategy (NDS) was announced saying that, “We want to transform the lives of disabled people, ensuring they have access to […]

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UK Disability History Month

UKDHM takes place each year between 22 November and 22 December, though many events and activities take place outside of this time slot. It is supported by more than 100 organisations, including the NUT. The period purposely covers World HIV/AIDS Day (1 December), International Day of People with Disabilities (3 Dec) and International Human Rights […]

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Benefits freeze to end in 2020

Good news as the Government has confirmed that the freeze in benefit payments is to come to an end in April next year. The freeze, which was originally announced in 2015 during that year’s Budget, ends former Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to introduce a freeze from April 2016. As a result, the DWP (Department for […]

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Are you Disability Confident?

Did you know that 7.6m working age people in the UK have a disability? If you’re not actively recruiting talent, then your competitors probably already are! The Disability Confident scheme helps employers make the most of talents that disabled people can bring to your workplace and over 13,000 organisations have already signed up. Disability Confident […]

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New Features and Opportunities from PA Pool

Three new website features are coming to PA Pool this Autumn! Highlighted profile for PA’s/Carers to attract more work with our new Premium PA feature Evaluate your Carer or your employer with our improved Star Ratings feature Identify when you are free for work or let PA’s know exactly when you need cover with our […]

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Money for training for PAs and PA Users

Do you employ your own personal care assistants? Exciting news! PA users can apply for money for training to develop their own skills as an employer and to pay for training for their PAs. If you’re a PA user, find out more and download the application form from the Skills for Care website. If you’re […]

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The right staff

There’s a whole workforce of disabled people out there, just looking for the right opportunity… There’s no reason why disabled people cannot be valued members of staff, but they are often overlooked because employers find it awkward to deal with a disability, cannot see past that disability, or wrongly assume that it means they can’t […]

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Find someone who cares with PA Pool

PA Pool is an alternative to care agencies, a quicker and more cost effective way than using an agency to find a carer – or for personal care assistants looking for new clients… Finding a Personal Care Assistant (PA or Carer) is not simple. It’s not like employing someone to work in an office – […]

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Discounted Insurance Offer for PA Pool Members

PA Pool are pleased to announce that we have now partnered with Surewise.com to offer our members 20% off your self-employed carers insurance. As a self-employed carer, there are many responsibilities you need to think about, from taxes and communicating with your clients effectively, to protecting yourself should anything go wrong. When managing your own […]

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Share your experience of your personal health budget, integrated personal budget or personal wheelchair budget

NHS England is running a people’s experience survey to understand the progress of implementation of personal health budgets, integrated personal budgets and personal wheelchair budgets. Please help us promote this survey to as many budgets holders as possible so we can hear a wide range of views. It’s vitally important that we hear directly from […]

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Don’t forget about us

It’s long overdue, but five new disability champions have been appointed by the government to ensure businesses don’t forget about their disabled customers. The five – listed below – will join 14 existing champions who have already made great strides in improving accessibility from industries as diverse as insurance to music. Using their industry influence, […]

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Emojis get inclusive

Latest image-based characters used in text messages and social media include disabled characters… Who needs words when you have emojis? The image-based characters are used across social media and text messages and include things as varied as aubergines and Christmas trees. Yet until recently, disabled people were not well represented. However, the latest batch of […]

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Money for training for PAs and PA Users

If you employ personal assistants (PAs) or carers, using a personal budget from health and/or social care or with your own money, you can apply for funding to pay for training… If you’re a PA User – find out more and download the application form from the Skills for Care website. If you’re a PA, […]

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Santa brings Comfort and Calm

Oh tidings of comfort and joy may be the chorus line from ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ but in Philadelphia, US, this year Santa has brought comfort and calm to an autistic teenager. Michelle Arnold Healy takes her son – 19-year-old Jack – to see Santa in their local shopping mall every year. Sadly, Jack […]

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Briony Bakes

The name Briony Williams will no doubt be familiar to fans of the Great British Bake-Off, but for those who don’t follow the series, you might be interested to learn that Briony, a former contestant, has a disability – her left hand stops at the wrist. At no point did the show mention her disability […]

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World Mental Health Day

Today marks World Mental Health Day. Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, the goal is to help raise awareness of mental health and to remove the stigma that is attached to it. Every year one in four adults, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can […]

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