#PersonalIndependencePayment goes live today in GB – have to wait to October for Northern Ireland

NAT has produced a great factsheet about the introduction of PIP in the United Kingdom which from this year will start to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Today the system goes live in Great Britain, but not yet in Northern Ireland (as usual we have to wait a bit). From June 2013: New claims for PIP will be accepted from across the UK (October 2013 in Northern Ireland) and no new claims will be accepted for DLA from anyone aged 16-64, unless they are making a renewal claim from a fixed term DLA award which is due to expire before … Continue reading #PersonalIndependencePayment goes live today in GB – have to wait to October for Northern Ireland

Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

Today is Irish AIDS Day and the news is not good. The largest ever levels of new HIV cases in gay and bisexual men have been revealed. The Irish Health & Safety Executive’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV for gay and bisexual men in 2012 in Ireland. These figures are the highest diagnosis rates recorded to date in the State. The figures show that HIV diagnosis rates amongst gay and bisexual men have increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012 and that they now represent just under half (48%) of all new … Continue reading Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men