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Palliative Care and Care Homes

When there is no cure for an illness, palliative care tries to make the end of a person’s life as comfortable as possible. This is done by attempting to relieve pain and other distressing symptoms while providing psychological, social and spiritual support. Carers and family are also offered…

Making a Will

Your will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you make a will you can also make sure you don’t pay more Inheritance Tax than you need to. You can write your will yourself, but you should…

Access & Parking for disabled people in Reading

PDSN Event Report 18 February 2015 The Physical Disabilities and Sensory Needs Network (PDSN) event held at the Civic Centre on 18th February 2015 was themed around access, facilities and parking in the town centre for people with disabilities. Presentations included staff from the Oracle's…

Lasting Power of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney has replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney and the Power of Attorney. A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or…

Attendance Allowance for people over 65

Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who have a physical disability (including sensory disability, e.g. blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both and their disability is severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves or someone to…

Council Tax Support

Council tax benefit has been replaced by a localised benefits reductionscheme. Councils will be able to choose exactly how the new council tax support scheme will work in  their area. This means that councils need to design their own scheme to provide help with council…

State Pension Toolkit (GOV.UK)

On 6 April 2016, the current State Pension scheme will be replaced by a clearer one. This means people will be able to know from a much younger age how much State Pension they’re likely to get. It will enable them to plan better for…

What are shared lives schemes?

‘Shared lives’ schemes are designed to support adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, or other support needs. In shared lives, an adult with care needs is matched with an approved ‘shared lives carer’; the adult and the shared lives carer will share family and…

DLA is ending - know the facts

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over. This will happen even if you have an indefinite or long-term award. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will send you a letter to…

Neighbourhood services for older people

The Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team works directly with older people in their neighbourhoods to ensure they have opportunities to stay involved in community activities. Social groups The team has supported the development of a number of successful social groups which are now run by older…