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Our campaign on benefits

Support from benefits can give people help to live with independence and dignity.

However, many of you have told us that you aren’t getting the support you need, and that negative stereotypes of people on benefits means you aren’t being treated fairly or with respect.

We are campaigning for a fairer benefits system that better understands and supports you. We need your help to make this ambition a reality.

I’ve existed below the poverty line since leaving hospital – not quite ‘a life of luxury’

People need support, not sanctions

Mind has supported Catherine Hale, a Work Programme service user, to produce a new report about back-to-work programmes for people with disabilities and health conditions.

The report, based on the experiences of over 500 people, shows that back-to-work schemes are not providing the specialist support people need to overcome barriers caused by their disabilities and health conditions. In fact, pressure to engage and the threat of having their benefits cut is causing anxiety and pushing people further from work.

Find out more about the report and take action by clicking the button below.

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Tell us your experience of PIP

The Government is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We want to know your experiences of applying for PIP, to help us understand and communicate the impact the new benefit is having on people with mental health problems.

Tell us your experience of PIP

Tyneside Mind's WCA film

Tyneside Mind have produced a powerful new film about the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) in collaboration with the people they support. Watch the film here, and then share it with family and friends to help us keep up the pressure for further improvements to the WCA.

Watch Tyneside Mind's film about the WCA

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Share your story - Change the debate

The negative portrayal of people supported by benefits has stigmatised millions of people in real need of support, and distorted public attitudes.

This is why Mind has helped to set up the ‘Who Benefits?’ campaign, which is calling for a better debate about benefits.

We need you to tell your story about why you have needed support and what it has meant to you. If you haven’t needed support from benefits you can still support the campaign.

You can also tell us about problems you've experienced with benefits.

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Your experience

You can help our campaign by telling us about problems with the benefits system that you’ve experienced.

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Find out where you can find help if you are having problems with benefits.

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