Here to help with questions relating to learning disability and its impact on family carers
Well I didn’t think we would be doing this again so soon after last time but who am I to expect that 5 year fixed term parliaments should actually mean that!
Once again I am going to read all the manifestos for the main political parties for references to learning disability and specific policies that affect people with a learning disability.
First off the blocks is the Labour Party who published their manifesto yesterday and it is very easily downloadable, just enter labour party manifesto into your search engine. Continue reading
If you read it, it will quickly become clear that she wants us to remember the mantra ‘ mental incapacity is not a legal incapacity to vote’ with the slightly less memorable addendum ‘thanks to s73 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006′. Continue reading
” This chapter (7) provides guidance on: Sections 67 and 68 of the Care Act 2014 & the Care and Support (Independent Advocacy) Regulations 2014….
Even in 2015, legal expert Belinda Schwehr was asking “Advocacy – Is anyone actually getting any now it’s a statutory duty?” raising concerns and issues which are still relevant.
Just today I noticed on Twitter that Lucy Series (Small Places blogger) had asked the question (on 29th March) : “Anyone know where I can find statistics on Care Act advocacy referrals? Are they collected centrally by DH, and published anywhere?” Continue reading
A factual description of the circumstances requiring this debate, with links to the written- and video-transcripts is available on the Parliament website: https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2017/march/emergency-debate-on-personal-independence-payments/ Continue reading
Rescare’s office staff have now seen the programme via catch-up, and like many, have been left angry and depressed. Personally, I was most upset to realise, from parents’ accounts of their own experiences, how many rights parents lose when a young person becomes an inpatient; and by the programme’s confirming what I actually already knew, that despite post-Winterbourne commitments, there are still over 2,400 people in ‘specialist’ (sic) hospitals and residential placements. Former minister at the Department of Health, Norman Lamb, was interviewed for the programme, and seemed especially upset and angry, offering a personal commitment to pursue this issue. Continue reading