Personal Independence Payment Update
Following the UK Government’s Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ decision not to appeal the recent High Court judgment in PIP, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is now working to implement the MH Upper Tribunal judgment in relation to how overwhelming psychological distress is considered when assessing claimants’ ability to plan and follow a journey. To read the letter from the Secretary of State, click here.
The DWP has also produced a number of FAQs to give more information on what is happening. To read the FAQs, click here.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration: Interim Report on Integration of Immigrants
As has been reported in the press and on the media, the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has published a report that described
“speaking English as ‘the key to full participation in our society and economy’ and a ‘prerequisite for meaningful engagement with most British people’.”
The Scottish Council on Deafness (SCoD) disagrees with this statement as there are many people in the UK who do not speak English for a number of reasons, including deafness, and some who never will, but they are still participating effectively in our society and economy.
In response to the press reports, SCoD wrote to Chuka Ummuna MP, Convenor of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration asking that the recommendation that ESOL classes should be compulsory for all immigrants to the UK be altered to include language provision for deaf people.