Learning about benefits

Marion Fellows MP and her staff (l-r) Rory Steel, Fiona Fotheringham and Jason Henderson at the PIP Centre in Motherwell
Marion Fellows MP and her staff (l-r) Rory Steel, Fiona Fotheringham and Jason Henderson at the PIP Centre in Motherwell

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows and her staff paid a visit to the new Personal Independence Payment Assessment Centre in Hamilton Road, Motherwell.

Since her election, Mrs Fellows has dealt with more than 250 issues from constituents relating to social security, with PIP claims making up a high number of these.

She said: “It is important to understand just how PIP assessments are carried out.

“Although assessment staff are trained, claimants must make sure that they provide the full extent of how their conditions affect their day to day lives. The smallest detail can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful claim.

“There has been much criticism regarding the change from Disability Living Allowance to PIP and I feel that it is important that my staff and I are best equipped to help people at what can be a stressful time for them.”

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes