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Living Independently

Are you confused about what benefits you are entitled to and how to apply for them? How to apply for Direct Payments or your Personal Budget?

The national disability charity, United Response, has launched a new free guide to help people with learning disabilities, who want to live more independently, make financial decisions about their future. The new edition of the easy read Moving on and Planning Ahead guide is fully updated and includes sections on getting and managing Direct Payments, employing a personal assistant and benefit entitlement. There is also up-to-date information on the new Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

The guide is part of the Making Money Easier series – a set of resources which aim to support people with learning disabilities to make informed decisions, by presenting financial information in a simple and straightforward way. Diane Lightfoot, Director of Communications at United Response, said: “As funding mechanisms such as direct payments are making it possible for people with learning disabilities to manage their own support for the first time, it is becoming ever more important for people to have access to easy to understand financial information. ”

To download a copy of Moving on and Planning Ahead, please visit Making Money Easier

On the Making Money Easier website there is also information on banking, renting a flat and insurance. All are presented in an easy-to-read format.

More News & Media

Considering recent developments and guidelines provided by the Government, to protect our Members we have decided to suspend the charities programme for the time being.

DSE21 are pleased to hear about a group that has recently started in the Colchester area for families with young children.

On the 6th April 2019 DSE21 held an bike riding session at Just Ride Southend. Just Ride are a charity who specialise in inclusive bike riding using a running track to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience bike riding in a safe and secure environment.

Event Video

A big thank you to Ruby Tibbs and her friends Maisie Harrison and Katie Johnson who ran a second hand handbag stall at the Rise Park fun day to celebrate its 80th anniversary.