United Response: Disability charity launches new easy read guide to living independently and managing money

The national disability charity, United Response, is launching a new free guide today 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.

“With its easy read format, we hope this new guide will help as many people as possible to make informed financial decisions about their future.”

Moving On and Planning Ahead was produced in collaboration with the Money Advice Service.

Alice Howard, Manager of the Adults Strategy and Development team at the Money Advice Service, said:

“We are delighted to help make this guide available for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. We believe that publications such as this are essential to help them make good choices about their money matters and take charge of their life. The guide is an invaluable resource to help people understand the costs of living independently; different ways of paying for the support they need and managing Direct Payments.”

To download a copy of Moving on and Planning Ahead, please go to http://moving-on.making-money-easier.info/ . For further information, please contact Alex Dunwoody on 020 8246 5200.

For more information, please contact Sarah Bartlett or Jaime Gill in the United Response Press Office on 020 8246 5237/ 020 8246 5122 or email sarah.bartlett@unitedresponse.org.uk or jaime.gill@unitedresponse.org.uk

Notes to editors:

United Response is a national charity that works with people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or physical disabilities – including some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Our vision is a society where disabled people are equal participants and have access to the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

United Response is community based, working in many localities across England and Wales. We are a top 50 national charity with a turnover of over £60 million, employing more than 2,500 staff and working with around 2,000 people at any one time.

We provide everything from 24 hour care to a few hours of support a week. Our support is always designed around each person because we know one size does not fit all. Some people may require minimal support; those with complex needs may require considerably more.

We plough our resources back into ensuring the quality of the support we provide, particularly in training, and have been shortlisted for ten major awards in three years, winning a National Training Award. We are pioneers in the areas of communications and inclusion, with particular expertise in communicating in a simple and accessible way. We have worked with the Government and many major financial services organisations on making politics and financial information understandable for people with learning disabilities.

To find out more about United Response’s work go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk

Sarah Bartlett
Press Manager
United Response
Vantage House, 1 Weir Road,
London SW19 8UX

Direct line: 0208 246 5237

United Response is a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities.

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