More than a third of the PIP Disability Assessment Reports written by Capita are “Significantly Flawed” according to Freedom of Information Act Response.

More than a third of the PIP disability assessment reports that Capita has written have been found to be significantly flawed, according to Freedom of Information (FoI) Act response.

The percentage of poor quality Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reports completed by Capita has risen to 37% in the two years since 2016, when nearly 33% of reports were found to be poor or unacceptable.

This information was secured from the DWP under the FoI Act by campaigner John Slater.  They show the results of government checks on nearly 6,000 assessment reports carried out by Capita during 2018.

In all, nearly 37% of assessment reports checked during 2018 were found to be:

– of an unacceptable standard, 

– to need changes, or 

– showed that the assessor had failed to carry out their role properly.

The information shows that the many reports of dishonest and distressing assessment experiences by individual Disabled people are not rare events.

The figures for 2018 show that, although the number of Atos assessors who each faced four or more complaints fell from 161 to 129, the number of Capita assessors who each faced at least four complaints in just three months leapt from 19 to 84 between 2016 and 2018.

Capita carried out about 220,000 face-to-face assessments in 2018, compared with more than 730,000 by Atos.  This means it is likely that over 351,000 Disabled people got a poor quality assessment. 

When asked why the quality of their assessments were so poor, both Capita and Atos refused to comment, saying only that they were doing well. 

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Brandon Trust’s Summer Forest School

Brandon Trust is hosting a Forest School at Elm Tree Farm, Stapleton BS16 1AA for young people with Learning Disabilities between the ages of 16 and 25.

Wednesday 7th August 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday 14th August 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday 21st August 8.30am-3pm
Wednesday 28th August 8.30am-3pm

There will be one support worker to every three young people to help out with the fun activities of Den Making, Exploring and Outdoor Cooking!

£50 per day

To book a place contact – gaby.oliva@brandontrust.org

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Clean Air Zone in Bristol – Have your Say

Official Banner for Bristol City Council’s Traffic Clean Air Zone

Bristol City Council is consulting on two options for a Traffic
Clean Air Zone to control the effects of vehicle pollution.

The two options aim to protect public health and reduce harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide to within legal limits.

The consultation runs until Monday 12 August 2019. The Council are running Drop-in sessions at the Following Locations:

Thursday 11 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Barton Hill Settlement
43 Ducie Rd, Barton Hill, BS5 0AX

Monday 15 July, 3.30–7.30pm – Easton Leisure Centre
Thrissell St, Easton, BS5 0SW

Monday 22 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Hope Chapel
Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, BS8 4ND

Wednesday 24 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Marksbury Road Library
Marksbury Rd, Bedminster, BS3 5LG

Tuesday 30 July, 2.30–7.30pm – Malcolm X Community Centre
141 City Rd, St Pauls, BS2 8YH

Tuesday 6 August, 2.30–6.30pm – City Hall (Vestibule)
Just off Park St towards the main entrance

If you have accessibility needs please let the Council know which drop-in you intend to come along to and what needs to be provided by calling 0117 352 1397 or emailing transport.projects@bristol.gov.uk

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Deaf Dementia 2 by the Deaf Studies Trust

July 18th – 6pm to 8pm at Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol BS16 2QQ

Guest speaker Emma Ferguson-Coleman of the University of Manchester will be discussing the following:

  • what dementia is
  • stories from the Deaf community
    about living with dementia everyday
  • communication with BSL-users with dementia & families

It’s free and All are welcome to attend. BSL Interpreter’s will be in attendance.


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Harbourside Festival – Do you like the Festival but not the crowds? Well this is for you!


Join us at M Shed for a Bristol Harbour Festival experience 
with a difference!
Saturday 20 July, 11am – 5 pm
Serving up the best views of the action from our rooftop Event Suite and terrace, you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy locally sourced fresh food and drink without the queues and crowds.
Tickets include:
Open access to the top floor Events Suite and terrace from 11am5pm

Summer cocktail on arrival

A delicious summer mezze buffet and Bar facility

Adults £10 | Children (under 12) £7
Continue the festival in the M Café until 10pm.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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Job Opportunity With Alzheimers Society in Bristol

Alzheimer’s Society – South West England

Dementia Navigator 

Contract Type: 12-month Fixed Term

Location: Bristol (Brookland Hall)

Salary: £20,345.00 actual per annum

Working Hours: 35 per week

Closing Date: 12 July 2019

Interview Date: 23/07/2019

Contact: holly.lewis@alzheimers.org.uk Telephone 07545 701142

https://jobs.alzheimers.org.uk/e/careers/positions/cWLRrTxGrhlzAT7SYDN4O9

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The RNIB and Peoples Views survey

RNIB and Peoples Views are looking for blind and partially sighted people aged 45 years to 75 years who have only been registered blind or partially sighted in the last 3 years; and, additionally, people aged 75 years and over who might have been registered for longer (they can take someone 75 years + who has an age related condition).

The RNIB wish to explore how the organisation can better engage with blind and partially sighted people.

The workshop will include a £100 thank you for taking part.

They are also offering support with travel costs and those of a chaperone if required on an individual needs basis.

If you are interested in taking part then please email info@peoplesviews.net back with the following required information:

Name:

Age:

Are you registered as severely sight impaired/partially sighted or with mild sight loss?:

How long have you been registered with sight loss?:

Which best describes your condition – stable / variable;  deteriorating / unsure?:

How familiar are you with the RNIB?:

What is your ethnic background?:

Do you require a chaperone or any additional help attending and participating?:

We would like to send you some additional information prior to event such as agenda and info – are you happy to be contacted by the RNIB?:

In what format would you like to receive this information:

Your phone number:

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