The majority of appeals against disability benefit assessments successfully overturned the original decision last year in Yorkshire and Humber, prompting concerns that the process is flawed and is leaving the long-term ill and severely disabled wrongly out of pocket. There were 7,510 appeals against decisions made by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessors last year, of which 4,770 determinations were overturned, official figures obtained by Labour MP John Grogan through a parliamentary question showed. Mr Grogan told The Yorkshire Post he was worried that the figures meant ill and disabled people were being treated like the Windrush generation, who were wrongly denied benefits and threatened with deportation after getting caught up in efforts to remove illegal immigrants.
KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan was saddled with yet another visit to a local charity. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Haworth Riding for the Disabled but declined an offer to ride one of their horses. As well as witnessing the charity’s activities for disabled adults and children, Mr Grogan learned how two of its riders are competing in next year’s Special Olympics World Games. T-Jay Wilson and James Reed-Griffiths after raise thousands of pounds each to help with Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure’s cost of sending five athletes from the district. Mr Grogan was accompanied on his visit by two students from Bradford’s twin town in Germany, Hamm.
A KEIGHLEY-born former communications chief to the Prime Minister officially opened a new town centre drop-in centre for people with dementia and their carers. Alastair Campbell cut the ribbon in the Airedale Shopping Centre on Saturday, marking the start of the latest phase of work by charity Dementia Friendly Keighley (DFK). The unit in Brunswick Arcade has been open since last June, operating as an information and advice point but from now on it will provide a safe place for those with dementia to spend time while their carers take a break.
GROUSE shooting on Ilkley Moor has officially come to an end, after Bradford Council’s deed which formerly permitted the controversial practice expired at midnight on Tuesday, The official end of grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor has been welcomed by campaigners. Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor (BBIM) has lobbied Bradford Council to end grouse shooting on the moor since its formation in May 2014. Luke Steele, spokesperson for BBIM, said: “Bradford Council’s decision to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor is to be commended in the highest terms. It reflects the urgent need to reverse wildlife decline, habitat degradation and public dismay which has overshadowed this treasured moorland since grouse shooting was introduced in 2008.