28 Sep

The benefits system failed Anna

“The benefit system doesn’t work for people with mental health problems.” These were Anna’s words when we spoke with her about her experience of applying for disability benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. Now she has written a blog to share this experience with you. Read Anna’s story Anna lives with depression and anxiety. When she started…

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31 Jul

Applying for disability benefits during the coronavirus pandemic

Test four of our five tests asks the UK Government to provide a financial safety net to protect people with mental health problems from falling into poverty. A crucial part of this is making benefits assessments more accessible. Assessments can be stressful for anyone, but for those of us with mental health problems, being forced…

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11 Jun

Let’s keep this change to face-to-face benefits assessments

I work as a benefits advisor for a local Mind in London. Each day I personally see the negative impact that face-to-face assessments can have on the people that I support. For some people face-to-face assessments are a huge hurdle, as the thought of going somewhere unfamiliar, going on public transport or having a stranger…

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