Parkinson’s sufferers are given advice

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A CHARITY is offering expert advice to Parkinson’s sufferers across Hampshire struggling with claiming benefits.

Parkinson’s UK funds information and support workers who provided more than 290 people in Hampshire with advice on health and social care during 2010.

They aim to explain the benefits system so that changes such as those to Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, do not make applications more complicated for people with Parkinson’s.

Abbi Hayden, information and support manager for Parkinson’s UK in the south of England, said: ‘We are helping more people affected by Parkinson’s than ever before and our Information and support workers are an essential part of the service we offer.

‘The complex benefits system currently in place can leave people with Parkinson’s feeling scared and confused.

‘Our ISWs are here to take away some of that stress.’

Anyone looking for advice can call Parkinson’s UK’s helpline on 0808 800 0303.